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The 20 Best Charities in America: 2010

7. Help the Children

Administrative Expenses: 0.1%

Moving into the realm of next-to-nothing administrative costs, Help the Children spends only 0.1% of its total functional expenses on furthering its Christian relief efforts. As the name implies, the group seeks to provide basic needs and combat hunger for children in the U.S. and abroad who have fallen victim to environmental disasters or the global financial crisis. Using partnerships with popular businesses like Chick-Fil-A and Chuck E. Cheese’s, the group hopes to give the younger generation the tools to succeed.

6. The Foodbank of Southern California

Administrative Expenses: 0.1%

A regional group that operates in only half of a state, the Foodbank of Southern California secures donations of food for soup kitchens and distribution centers in the disadvantaged parts of Watts, South Central Los Angeles, Compton, and North Long Beach. The group has secured two consecutive four-star ratings, and its 0.1% administrative costs ensure that the approximately $50,000 budget is used efficiently.

5. The Aims Project

Administrative Expenses: 0.1%

With its U.S. operation based in California, the AIMS Project supports the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kerala, India, channeling donations of equipment and expertise to the hospital in India so that it may work towards continued innovations in local medical care. Managing a budget of around $5 million, the AIMS Project is able to make every penny count, earning it its first four-star rating from CharityNavigator in 2009.

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