Jessica Bies, Delaware News Journal
Giving Tuesday, celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is devoted to charitable causes, allowing people to focus on giving to others.
You can find a list of local organizations online at givingtuesday.org. But how do you pick who to donate to?
Luckily, Charity Navigator looks at nonprofits’ tax forms and websites to rate how well they use donations, how sustainable they are and how committed they are to accountability and transparency.
These are the 11 best-rated charities in Delaware, which all have four stars for exceeding industry standards and outperforming charities with similar causes.
Note: Ratings, which are on a scale of 0 to 100, are based on 990 forms from 2016, the most recent Charity Navigator has access to.
Mission: Boy Scouts of America, Del-Mar-VA Council provides scouting opportunities throughout the Del-Mar-Va Peninsula, serving approximately 388 units and more than 4,500 volunteers who are delivering the promise to about 10,000 youth in traditional scouting programs. The council covers 14 counties and is divided into eight scouting districts and three areas.
Operating expenses: $4.16 million
Percent spent on programs and services: 86.6 percent
Percent spend on administrative costs: 8.9 percent
Percent spent on fundraising: 4.4 percent
Amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions: $0.17
Mission: The Delaware Art Museum’s mission is to connect people to art, offering an inclusive and essential community resource that through its collections, exhibitions and programs generates creative energy that sustains, enriches, empowers and inspires. Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle.
Operating expenses: $4.94 million
Percent spent on programs and services: 71.3 percent
Percent spend on administrative costs: 12.1 percent
Percent spent on fundraising: 7.4 percent
Amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions: $0.14