What are the biggest charities in the United States?
In one of its famous lists, Forbes magazine has listed the 50 largest U.S. charities based on private donations for 2013, the last year that complete figures are available. Donations can be cash, securities or goods.
Not surprisingly, once again United Way led the list with $3.87 billion in donations, though the huge charity saw a slight drop (1.5 percent) from the previous year’s $3.97 billion. Next were the Salvation Army, which had a 10 percent increase, and Feeding America, which saw a 22 percent increase from the year before, moving it up from No. 4 to No. 3 on the list.
Overall, the 50 charities saw a 3 percent increase in donations, totaling $31 billion overall. Not included in the ranking are government grants, investment returns and fees for services.
The magazine also measured the effectiveness rate or “charitable commitment,” the percentage of donations that were used for the charitable purpose of the organization, as opposed to management, certain overhead expenses and fundraising. The average for all of the top 50 charities was 88 percent. Charities that receive in-kind gifts – goods and services – tend to have higher percentages.
Forbes also looked at fundraising efficiency and found that it averaged 92 percent. So, basically, it cost the top 50 charities an average of 8 cents to earn $1 in donations. The percent can vary widely depending on the type of charity and the fundraising methods necessary.
Here is Forbes’ list of the top 50 charities, based on donations, as well as the percent of donations that were used directly for the nonprofit’s charitable purpose.
|1. United Way|
|2. Salvation Army|
|3. Feeding America|
|4. Task Force for Global Health|
|5. American Natl. Red Cross|
|6. Food for the Poor|
|7. Goodwill Industries|
|8. YMCA of the USA|
|9. American Cancer Society|
|10. St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital|
|11. World Vision|
|12. Boys & Girls Clubs of America|
|13. Catholic Charities USA|
|14. Compassion International|
|15. AmeriCares Foundation|
|16. Habitat for Humanity International|
|17. U.S. Fund for UNICEF|
|18. Catholic Medical Mission Board|
|19. Campus Crusade for Christ|
|20. American Heart Association|
|21. Nature Conservancy|
|22. Save the Children Federation|
|23. Direct Relief|
|24. Feed the Children|
|25. Samaritan’s Purse|
|26. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center|
|27. Lutheran Services in America|
|28. Boy Scouts of America|
|29. MAP International|
|30. Step Up for Students|
|31. CARE USA|
|32. American Jewish Joint Distribution Comm.|
|33. Good 360|
|34. Mayo Clinic|
|35. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society|
|36. Project HOPE|
|37. Dana Farber Cancer Institute|
|38. Planned Parenthood Fed. of America|
|39. Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|40. Cross International|
|41. Operation Blessing International Relief|
|42. Make-A-Wish Foundation|
|43. Population Services Intl.|
|44. Alzheimer’s Association|
|45. Catholic Relief Services|
|46. National Multiple Sclerosis Society|
|47. Brother’s Brother Foundation|
|48. Chronic Disease Fund|
|49. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art|
|50. Marine Toys for Tots Foundation|