One organization I have donated to in the past is CARE, which stands for Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere. The organization's tagline is "where the end of poverty begins." The organization gets a perfect score for capacity by Charity Navigator, and a nearly perfect score for efficiency, allocating 92.3% of its expenditures toward program expenses as of 2004 (as opposed to spending money on salaries, advertising, etc.)
Below is CARE's mission, as reflected on their web site:
Our mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Drawing strength from our global diversity, resources and experience, we promote innovative solutions and are advocates for global responsibility. We facilitate lasting change by:
- Strengthening capacity for self-help
- Providing economic opportunity
- Delivering relief in emergencies
- Influencing policy decisions at all levels
- Addressing discrimination in all its forms
Guided by the aspirations of local communities, we pursue our mission with both excellence and compassion because the people whom we serve deserve nothing less.
Current CARE campaigns are focused on (1) children, (2) poverty, (3) world hunger, (4) education, and (5) HIV/AIDS. Over 60 countries worldwide benefit from CARE's programs.