Charity Navigator issues stars
Charity Navigator says it rates more than 8,000 groups based on two broad performance areas: financial health, and accountability and transparency. Each charity receives zero (lowest score) to four stars (best-scoring performers).
The group breaks down 10 broadly defined charitable activities: animals; arts, culture and humanities; community development; education; environment; health; human and civil rights; international; research and public policy; and religion. Each category has more narrowly defined causes. It also offers Top 10 lists featuring, for instance, celebrity-related charities, troubled charities, and top-notch charities.
The Midwest Food Bank, which has distributed the equivalent of more than 17.5 million meals since its 2003 beginning, tops Charity Navigator’s Top Notch list, earning a four-star rating for three straight years. Midwest Food Bank serves more than 755 nonprofit organizations through centers in Illinois, Indiana and Georgia.