Top-rated charities for supporting the military, veterans, and their families

By: Ben Wittstein
August 7, 2018

With the help of Charity Navigator, Stacker put together a list of 82 top-rated charities that support the military, veterans, and their families. Each charity is assigned a financial score, an accountability and transparency score, and a star rating out of five; charities on this list were afforded, at the very least, three stars out of five.

Read on to get a sense of some of the best charities that you might consider donating to in support of the U.S. Armed Forces.

 

#1. Fisher House Foundation (tie)

Focus area: Military family support

Overall score & rating: 100.00

Financial score: 100.00

Accountability & transparency score: 100.00

Mission: Fisher House Foundation, Inc. is an international not-for-profit organization established to improve the quality of life for members of the military, retirees, Veterans and their families. The Foundation builds comfort homes at military and VA medical centers and gifts them to the government. It assists with the coordination of private support and encourages public support for the network of comfort homes known as "Zachary and Elizabeth M. Fisher Houses." It works to educate and inform the military and Veterans' communities, their families and the general public about Fisher Houses and provides necessary support to individual Fisher Houses as needed. Other quality of life programs include scholarship programs, a grants program for volunteer organizations with innovative plans for quality of life projects, the Hero Miles and Hotels for Heroes programs and individual assistance to members of the military and their families during a crisis.

 

Charity Listing:

#1. Fisher House Foundation (tie)

#1. Challenge Aspen (tie)

#1. Congressional MOH Foundation (tie)

#1. Navy SEAL Foundation (tie)

#5. Hire Heroes USA (tie)

#5. Semper Fi Fund (tie)

#5. Higher Ground (tie)

#8. Wounded Warriors Family Support

#9. Gary Sinise Foundation

#10. USO of Missouri

#11. Adaptive Sports Center (tie)

#11. DAV Charitable Service Trust (tie)

#13. Special Operations Warrior Foundation

#14. VFW Foundation

#15. Puppies Behind Bars

#16. Hope for the Warriors

#17. Natl. Military Family Association

#18. Admiral Nimitz Foundation

#19. Mercy Medical Angels

#20. St. Joseph Center

#21. Air Force Aid Society

#22. Southeastern Guide Dogs

#23. Operation Homefront

#24. Operation Support Our Troops

#25. Blue Star Families

#26.  Air warrior Courage Foundation (tie)

#26. Operation Second Chance (tie)

#28. Tragedy Assistance Program (TAPS)

#29. HEROES Care

#30. Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation

#31. Interfaith Community Services, CA

#32. USA of Central Virginia

#33. NEADS World Class Service Dogs

#34. Army Emergency Relief

#35. Spirit of America

#36. Support the Enlisted Project

#37. Paralyzed Vets of America Wisconsin

#38. Armed Services YMCA

#39. Soldiers’ Angels (tie)

#39. Operation Gratitude (tie)

#39. USO of North Carolina (tie)

#42. Freedom Alliance

#43. Give an Hour

#44. David Lynch Foundation

#45. Project Sanctuary

#46. Pat Tillman Foundation

#47. USO of Metro New York

#48. Our Military Kids

#49. USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore

#50. The Jacksonville Area USO

#51. Freedom Service Dogs of America

#52. Operation First Response

#53. The Shade Tree

#54. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

#55. Honor Flight Network

#56. National WWII Museum

#57. Air Force Enlisted Village

#58. Homes for our Troops

#59. EOD Warrior Foundation

#60. USO of Illinois

#61. Officers’ Christian Fellowship

#62. Thanks USA

#63. Travis Manion Foundation

#64. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

#65. Wounded Warrior Project

#66. Liberty USO

#67. Challenged Athletes Foundation

#68. Military Community Youth Ministries

#69. Coast Guard Foundation

#70. AdoptAPlatoon Soldier Support Effort

#71. Operation Finally Home

#72. National Veterans Foundation

#73. New Directions for Veterans

#74. New England Center and Home for Veterans

#75. USO

#76. VFW National Home for Children

#77. AMVETS National Service Foundation

#78. American Red Cross

#79. USA Cares

#80. Coro Northern California

#81. United Through Reading

#82. Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation