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Charity: More bang for your buck
The most efficient and helpful charities.
December 22, 2004: 12:19 PM EST
By Penelope Wang, MONEY Magazine

NEW YORK (MONEY Magazine) - These eight charities are among the best at devoting the lion's share of donations to their programs while keeping fund-raising costs in check.

Environment

CONSERVATION FUND 703-525-6300; conservationfund.org

  • Spending going to programs: 94 percent
  • Comments: Protects land by acquiring it on behalf of government and nonprofit agencies.

NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION 202-238-4200; nationalparks.org

  • Spending going to programs: 78 percent
  • Comments: Raises private donations and recruits volunteers to support national parks.

Health

BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION 646-497-2600; bcrfcure.org

  • Spending going to programs: 87 percent
  • Comments: Funds clinical and genetic research into the causes and treatment of breast cancer.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE FOUNDATION 800-457-6676; pdf.org

  • Spending going to programs: 81 percent
  • Comments: Provides education, advocacy and funding for research into Parkinson's disease.

Human services

AMERICA'S SECOND HARVEST 800-771-2303; secondharvest.org

  • Spending going to programs: 75 percent
  • Comments: Collects food that would otherwise go to waste and distributes it to food banks across the country.

NATIONAL ALLIANCE TO END HOMELESSNESS 202-638-1526; endhomelessness.org

  • Spending going to programs: 93 percent
  • Comments: Advocates for public- and private-sector initiatives and programs to solve the national housing crisis.

International relief

AMERICAN REFUGEE COMMITTEE INTERNATIONAL 612-872-7060; archq.org

  • Spending going to programs: 93 percent
  • Comments: Offers humanitarian aid to refugees and displaced persons around the world.

AMERICARES 800-486-4357; americares.org

  • Spending going to programs: 86 percent
  • Comments: Delivers emergency relief to victims of international conflict and natural disasters.

Sources: Charitywatch.org, individual charities.  Top of page




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