25 Largest Charities That Raise Insane Amounts Of Money

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Do you know which are the best and largest charities? Charities are a tricky business in terms of rating. Depending on what you’re rating them by, what qualifies as a charity (vs. a non-profit – there is a difference) and what sort of scandal said charity may have encountered (overpaid CEOs, far too much private spending, etc.) Thanks to the information age and sources that are credible enough to avoid being “fake news,” there are a few criteria that we can use to rise above the dialog. In this case, I went with what I can identify with; cash. As in how much money is given to their cause, because at the end of the day, a charity is only as good as it’s donations received. With that in mind, here are 25 largest charities that raise insane amounts of money.

25

Cru

Cru_CityASource: https://www.cru.org/

Private Support:                    $514 Million
Total Revenue:                      $543 Million
Fundraising Efficiency:         92%
Charitable Commitment:      85%

Out of the multitude of charities out there, just being on this list with over half a billion dollars raised is extremely impressive. The Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) ups the ante by being the largest mission agency in the world. But it’s not all ministry, CRU also partners with more than 2000 churches and organizations to assist America’s poor with survival and steps to escape from poverty.

24

Step Up for Students

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Private Support:                    $521 Million
Total Revenue:                      $522 Million
Fundraising Efficiency:         99%
Charitable Commitment:      99%

One of my favorite new charities since I began researching this list, Step Up for Students is a non-profit scholarship funding organization that helps by administering two scholarships for school children. Though 24th on our list because of raw fundraising, that’s slightly misleading because “Step Up” is focused solely in the state of Florida. With such a small scope, the funds raised are much more impressive, as are the fantastic ratings in the efficiency of those funds.

23

MAP International

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Private Support:                    $545 Million
Total Revenue:                      $547 Million
Fundraising Efficiency:         100%
Charitable Commitment:      99%

MAP International is a Christian organization specializing in promoting public health in communities struck by poverty. They are (rightfully) very proud of their efficiency and financial accountability, sporting a four star (out of four) rating on Charity Navigator and a solidly verifiable 100% fundraising efficiency. 99% of all donations go to directly to those in need adding up to $60 worth of aid for every material dollar donated!

22

Samaritan’s Purse

Samaritans purseSource: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/

Private Support:                    $565 Million
Total Revenue:                      $600 Million
Fundraising Efficiency:         93%
Charitable Commitment:      88%

Samaritan’s Purse is a non-denominational evangelical Christian organization which helps meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine. Though very openly evangelical towards those it helps, Samaritan’s Purse does not discriminate in terms of providing assistance to anyone and has been very active in treating victims in the struggle against ISIS.

21

American National Red Cross

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Private Support:                    $624 Million
Total Revenue:                      $2.52 Billion
Fundraising Efficiency:         71%
Charitable Commitment:      90%

Arguably the most recognizable charity on this list, the American Red Cross is the group that goes charging in to help in the wake of disaster all around the world. In fact, on average they respond to a disaster every eight minutes. While there has been some question as to funds appropriation (common among large charities, unfortunately) there is no denying their effectiveness as they literally and effectively administer half of the United States blood supply.


20

American Heart Association

American Heart AssociationSource: http://www.heart.org/

Private Support:                    $634 Million
Total Revenue:                      $774 Million
Fundraising Efficiency:         86%
Charitable Commitment:      80%

As you can imagine, the American Heart Association specifically focuses on education and prevention of heart disease and related conditions (such as stroke.) As specific as their topic seems, they cover everything from diet, to nutritional legislation, to research trials. All in the name of keeping our biological engines running smoothly.

19

Nature Conservancy

The nature conservancySource: http://www.nature.org/

Private Support:                    $646 Million
Total Revenue:                      $946 Million
Fundraising Efficiency:         86%
Charitable Commitment:      71%

As a nature-lover I regularly donate to this particular group. Their staff includes over 600 scientists from over 69 countries all with the sole purpose of preserving and promoting nature through non-confrontational, collaborative approaches to subjects such as legislation and environmental education.

18

Lutheran Services In America

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Private Support:                    $723 Million
Total Revenue:                      $21.017 Billion
Fundraising Efficiency:         90%
Charitable Commitment:      86%

LSA is a network of over 300 Lutheran nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and the Caribbean. They focus on assisting vulnerable, low-income Americans and provide assistance for everything from prenatal care to senior care and everything in-between.

17

Americares Foundation

AmericaresSource: https://www.americares.org/

Private Support:                    $740 Million
Total Revenue:                      $741 Million
Fundraising Efficiency:         99%
Charitable Commitment:      98%

Americares can be found on site at nearly every humanitarian disaster in the world providing medical aid and recovery support in dangerous and difficult situations such as the Ebola outbreak, the Zika virus, and the continuing Syrian refugee crisis.

16

Direct Relief

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Private Support:                    $775 Million
Total Revenue:                      $775 Million
Fundraising Efficiency:         100%
Charitable Commitment:      99%

Pure private support and 100% efficiency caused Charity Navigator to award Direct Relief a four star rating. Much like the Americares Foundation, they provide much-needed medical resources in extremely difficult worldwide situations such as the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and also the refugee crisis in Syria!

15

Compassion International

Compassion InternationalSource: https://www.compassion.com/

Private Support:                    $799 Million
Total Revenue:                      $804 Million
Fundraising Efficiency:         90%
Charitable Commitment:      82%

If you’ve seen those commercials telling you to sponsor a child for 79 cents a day (or something around there…) you’ve seen Compassion International. An openly Christian organization, they are adamant about being universally inclusive despite some controversy regarding attempts to convert children to their faith. Regardless, having helped literally millions of children worldwide, there’s no disputing the good they do.

14

Patient Access Network Foundation

PAN_foundation_logoASource: https://www.panfoundation.org

Private Support:                    $801 Million
Total Revenue:                      $798 Million
Fundraising Efficiency:         100%
Charitable Commitment:      99%

The “PAN Foundation” exists to help people who are either uninsured or underinsured get necessary treatment for rare, chronic, and life-threatening diseases. They are huge advocates for universal health care and provided for over 700,000 underinsured patients in 2016.

13

American Cancer Society

American cancer societySource: https://www.cancer.org/

Private Support:                    $810 Million
Total Revenue:                      $816 Million
Fundraising Efficiency:         78%
Charitable Commitment:      75%

“Cancer” is one of the most terrifying diagnosis’ a patient can receive. Fortunately, as you can imagine, the American Cancer Society’s sole purpose is to support those battling this horrible disease while they conduct research in order to eventually free the world of this horror.

12

World Vision

World_Vision_logo.svgASource: https://www.worldvision.org/

Private Support:                    $825 Million
Total Revenue:                      $1.005 Billion
Fundraising Efficiency:         88%
Charitable Commitment:      84%

World Vision is an outspoken Christian charity that is both massive and unafraid. They focus greatly on community development and sustainable assistance such as farming or fresh water resources. They also have a great record of inclusiveness and are historically unafraid to tackle unpopular causes such as aiding middle-eastern refugees.

11

Habitat for Humanity International

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Private Support:                    $829 Million
Total Revenue:                      $1.575 Billion
Fundraising Efficiency:         87%
Charitable Commitment:      83%

Habitat for Humanity is a well-known and unique charity that specializes in assisting those in need with their living situations. This varies from building new homes, to renovating existing homes (usually in low-income urban developments) to assisting with temporary shelter during disaster relief.

10

Goodwill Industries International

Goodwill_Industries_Logo.svgASource: http://www.goodwill.org/

Private Support:                    $902 Million
Total Revenue:                      $5.6 Billion
Fundraising Efficiency:         97%
Charitable Commitment:      88%

It’s hard to find somebody who hasn’t at least seen a local Goodwill shop. They do a lot of good indeed, helping to rehabilitate people and find work for those who have trouble getting back on their feet such as veterans or disabled workers. While they’ve encountered some controversy in regards to their retail operations, they generate massive charity numbers and carry a respectable fundraising efficiency rating.

9

Catholic Charities USA

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Private Support:                    $921 Million
Total Revenue:                      $3.887 Billion
Fundraising Efficiency:         92%
Charitable Commitment:      88%

Though obviously another religion-based charity, as one of their core values Catholic Charities USA absolutely does not discriminate those in need and feels it is their duty to utilize the vast Catholic base in order to provide essential services to the poor along with robust disaster relief when tragedy strikes.

8

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

BoysgirlsclubASource: http://www.bgca.org/

Private Support:                    $923 Million
Total Revenue:                      $1.805 Billion
Fundraising Efficiency:         89%
Charitable Commitment:      81%

It’s very likely you’ve seen Denzel Washington promoting this club on TV, as he’s been their spokesman for 20 years! And with good reason as the Boys & Girls Clubs serve the needs of nearly 4 million young people annually through thousands of clubs, schools and programs in the United States.

7

Food for the Poor

Food for the poorSource: http://www.foodforthepoor.org/

Private Support:                    $1.156 Billion
Total Revenue:                      $1.158 Billion
Fundraising Efficiency:         97%
Charitable Commitment:      96%

Food for the Poor specializes in reaching Caribbean and Latin American countries where poverty is rampant. They focus on community building, providing food, housing, and also emergency relief to places like Haiti after disasters such as Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

6

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children's HospitalSource: https://www.stjude.org/

Private Support:                    $1.181 Billion
Total Revenue:                      $1.382 Billion
Fundraising Efficiency:         83%
Charitable Commitment:      71%

Very few causes will give you the warm fuzzies like St. Jude. Their sole purpose is treating children suffering from potentially catastrophic diseases such as cancer. Further, their mission statement specifically reads: “…no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.”

5

YMCA of the USA

YMCASource: www.YMCA.net

Private Support:                    $1.202 Billion
Total Revenue:                      $7.284 Billion
Fundraising Efficiency:         89%
Charitable Commitment:      85%

Many people know about “The Y”, but not as many know it’s a bona fide charity. As a result of their membership model, despite the massive “Total Revenue,” it only makes number five on our list due to a large portion of that not being private donations. With that said, the social services they provide are invaluable and the 89% efficiency rating should make members feel good about paying their dues!

4

Salvation Army

The_Salvation_Army.svgASource: http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/

Private Support:                    $1.904 Billion
Total Revenue:                      $2.927 Billion
Fundraising Efficiency:         88%
Charitable Commitment:      82%

As an easy contender for “most recognized” charity on our list, there’s no doubt you’ve come across the iconic Salvation Army bell ringers during the holiday season. They are a huge organization that assists with everything from sheltering the homeless to combating human trafficking.

3

Feeding America

Feeding_America_logo.svgASource: http://www.feedingamerica.org/

Private Support:                    $2.15 Billion
Total Revenue:                      $2.2 Billion
Fundraising Efficiency:         99%
Charitable Commitment:      99%

This one is near and dear to me as I grew up poor and my family sometimes had to rely on food banks to feed us. As you can imagine, Feeding America’s primary goal is to make sure Americans don’t go hungry. They are easily the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country and operate over two hundred food banks nationwide.

2

Task Force for Global Health

TFGH_blueASource: https://www.taskforce.org

Private Support:                    $3.154 Billion
Total Revenue:                      $3.176 Billion
Fundraising Efficiency:         100%
Charitable Commitment:      100%

If this list were based on anything but sheer charity dollars volume, this would probably be number 1. Massive income combined with 100% commitment and efficiency helped the Task Force for Global Health win the 2016 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize. They help developing countries battle diseases ranging from river blindness to Zika, and even Ebola.

1

United Way Worldwide

United Way CharitySource: https://www.unitedway.org/

Private Support:                    $3.708 Billion
Total Revenue:                      $3.867 Billion
Fundraising Efficiency:         92%
Charitable Commitment:      86%

United Way is the worldwide charity behemoth that covers nearly every category and exists in more than 40 countries worldwide and boasts nearly 2.6 million volunteers. Even with a lower efficiency rating than #2 (92% is still good!) the amount of charity dollars generated is astounding.

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