Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Poverty Charities

I analyzed charities that fight poverty in much the same way that I analyzed charities that combat hunger a few days ago. Using Charity Navigator as my starting point, I searched for the word poverty, and then I filtered for international organizations. The result was 54 charities, several of which overlap with my hunger research. All 54 are listed below.

Charities that spent the highest percentage of funds on program expenses (as opposed to administrative or advertising expenses), are listed first. Revenues are in $millions and are the latest reflected in Charity Navigator as of 10 Oct 2006, which for most charities is the fiscal year ending Dec 2004. Stars reflect the overall rating awarded by Charity Navigator, with 4 being best and 0 being worst.

Of every $100 donated to World Villages for Children, only $60.30 goes toward the cause. Contrast that with $98.60 out of every $100 for Operation USA.

Historically my favorite charity, CARE places #8 out of 54 poverty charities, or top 15 percent in its category. Of those organizations that spent a greater % of their outlays on program expenses, the largest organization (Operation USA) was outspent 32:1 by CARE in absolute terms. Nevertheless, I will have to look at some of the smaller guys, since my hunger research revealed that relative newcomer Stop Hunger Now probably fits with my personal philanthropic goals even better than my prior hunger favorite, Children's Hunger Fund.

Charity / % of Funds Spent on Programs / Revenue / Stars

1. Operation USA / 98.6% / $18M / 4
2. International Relief Teams / 98.3% / $12M / 4
3. Childcare Worldwide / 96.4% / $15M / 3
4. Children of The Americas / 96.3% / $1M / 2
5. Alliance for Global Justice / 94.0% / $1M / 3
6. FAME / 93.5% / $8M / 4
7. American Friends of Yad Eliezer / 93.0% / $7M / 4
8. CARE / 92.3% / $572M / 4
9. Concern Worldwide US / 92.2% / $9M / 4
10. Lutheran World Relief / 91.9% / $49M / 3
11. Christian Relief Fund / 89.6% / $3M / 4
12. Feed My Starving Children / 89.6% / $1M / 4
13. Mercy Corps / 88.9% / $185M / 4
14. Food for the Hungry / 88.4% / $67M / 2
15. American Jewish World Service / 88.0% / $15M / 4
16. Global Partners for Development / 86.7% / $1M / 4
17. Friends of the Orphans / 86.6% / $2M / 2
18. World Vision / 86.5% / $902M / 4
19. FINCA International / 86.0% / $54M / 4
20. Mission Without Borders / 85.9% / $1M / 2
21. World Relief / 84.8% / $57M / 4
22. Helen Keller International / 84.5% / $31M / 3
23. The PRASAD Project / 84.5% / $1M / 2
24. Food For All / 83.7% / $5M / 3
25. EnterpriseWorks Worldwide / 83.4% / $5M / 2
26. Common Hope / 83.2% / $3M / 4
27. Compassion International / 83.2% / $217M / 4
28. TechnoServe / 82.9% / $16M / 2
29. Trickle Up Program / 82.0% / $3M / 3
30. Children International / 80.6% / $107M / 3
31. Enterprise Development International / 80.5% / $1M / 1
32. Enterprise Mentors International / 80.3% / $3M / 4
33. ACCION International / 80.2% / $10M / 3
34. SHARE Foundation / 80.0% / $1M / 2
35. Friends of the Americas / 78.3% / $1M / 2
36. Children, Incorporated / 78.2% / $6M / 3
37. Opportunity International / 77.5% / $28M / 3
38. Women for Women International / 77.5% / $8M / 4
39. Choice Humanitarian / 77.2% / $1M / 1
40. Int'l Center for Research on Women / 77.2% / $14M / 4
41. Bread for the World / 77.0% / $4M / 2
42. NetAid / 77.0% / $1M / 1
43. World Neighbors / 76.8% / $7M / 3
44. Grameen Foundation USA / 76.6% / $11M / 4
45. Freedom from Hunger / 76.4% / $4M / 1
46. Heifer Project International / 75.4% / $78M / 3
47. Metro Ministries / 75.4% / $1M / 3
48. Oxfam America / 75.2% / $30M / 3
49. InterAction / 74.5% / $5M / 3
50. HOPE International / 73.4% / $2M / 3
51. East Meets West Foundation / 72.1% / $3M / 3
52. Project Mercy / 72.0% / $2M / 3
53. Synergos Institute / 69.4% / $12M / 3
54. World Villages for Children / 60.3% / $13M / 1

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