Charity Rankings

When people ask is Save the Children a good charity, we let our results, financial statements and our charity ratings speak for themselves. Save the Children works to create lasting, positive change in the lives of children in more than 120 countries worldwide, including the United States. It is because of our commitment to children that Save the Children’s ratings rank high among other nonprofit organizations. Charity watchers, prestigious publishers, consumer advocates and others agree about our reputation — Save the Children is a top charity. Below are just a few of the ratings we’ve received:

American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP)

Most Recent Rating for Save the Children: A

The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) is a nonprofit charity watchdog and information service provides charity ratings for approximately 500 major U.S. charities. Ratings are updated annually using data from the IRS Form 990 and audited financial statements. AIP measures (a) the percentage of expenditures spent on program activities and (b) the cost to raise $100. Based on these figures, they determine a charity’s overall rating (in the form of a letter grade).

Charity Navigator

Most Recent Rating for Save the Children: Three Stars

Ratings are updated annually based on data the charity reports on its IRS Form 990. Charity Navigator applies an overall rating (zero-to-four stars) based on a combination of organizational efficiency and capacity.

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Forbes 50 Largest U.S. Charities List

Most Recent Ratings for Save the Children: Donor Dependency 102 percent; Fundraising Efficiency 92 percent; Charitable Commitment 90 percent*

The Forbes charity list is a survey of the 50 largest U.S. charities. The 2015 survey reflects data available from a charity’s most recently filed IRS Form 990. The Forbes charities list aims to measure a charity’s level of fundraising efficiency for a given year as well as it charitable commitment.

*Charitable services as percent of total expenses.

GuideStar Platinum

Most Recent Rating for Save the Children: Platinum

GuideStar provides as much information as they can about each nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and so much more.

Great Nonprofits

Awarded 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit

The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards is the one and only people’s choice award where volunteers, donors, and people served by nonprofits are asked to share stories of inspiration, express their appreciation, and potentially help nonprofits earn a spot on the prestigious GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Nonprofits List.


Save the Children’s website is tested and certified daily to pass the “TrustedSite” Security Scan

TrustedSite is dedicated to building and protecting trust for websites. To help address concerns about possible hacker access to confidential data and the safety of visiting or shopping at certain sites, the TrustedSite trustmark appears only when a site passes the daily scans. The TrustedSite trustmark ensures the site is free of malware, viruses, phishing attacks, and other malicious activities, and verifies that a business is reliable and safe to business with.

Better Business Bureau: Wise Giving Alliance

The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance reviews charities governance and oversight, effectiveness, finances and fundraising and informational materials to determine whether a charity meets its standards of becoming an accredited charity. Save the Children meets the 20 standards needed to be rated as an accredited national charity.


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