COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Those who are feeling extra generous this holiday season can check out Charity Navigator’s holiday giving guide.
The website charitynavigator.org is nationally recognized and rates non-profit organizations from all over the United States. It looks at fiscal responsibility, accountability and transparency.
It features a naughty and nice list of the highest and lowest rated charities, some are from Southwest Florida.
For 2014, Habitat for Humanity of Collier County was rated highest in the community and housing development category.
“It’s a remarkable piece of news and we were all delighted. we work very hard at being fiscally responsible and being good stewards of donor dollars and serving the community,” Habitat Collier Executive Vice President Lisa Lefkow told WINK News.
Habitat Collier uses more than 94% of its budget to help those in need.
However, for social services, Children’s Charity Fund, Inc. out of Sarasota was rated lowest with an overall score of 17.53 out of 100.
According to Charity Navigator, only 6.1% of Children’s Charity Fund’s budget is actually spent on its programs and services, with 84.1% spent on fundraising efforts.