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5 Top Charities for Putting Your Money to Work

Second-highest score: Vitamin Angels
CharityNavigator score: 69.68 out of a possible 70

Vitamin Angels provides vitamin A capsules and multivitamins to underprivileged children, pregnant women and nursing mothers in the United States and some 30 other countries. The charity particularly aims to help the estimated 190 million children under 5 who suffer from vitamin A deficiency.

Vitamin Angels estimates providing the world's underprivileged kids with two vitamin A doses per year would cost just 25 cents per recipient but cut global childhood mortality by 24%. The group provided some 24 million people with such supplements last year.

Charity Navigator gives Vitamin Angels four stars, lauding the fact that the group puts 95.5 cents of every dollar raised toward good deeds and just some 4.3 cents toward fundraising and other overhead.

Vitamin Angels also passes all of CharityNavigators' accountability and transparency checks, and Miniutti says the group gets especially good marks for promising never to sell donors' personal information to outside parties.

"Pretty much nothing other than high CEO pay infuriates donors more than a charity selling or trading their contact information," she says.

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