2021 Top 100 Rated Charities

2021 Top 100 Rated Charities

Charity Intelligence 2021 Top 100 Rated Charities 

Charities are listed alphabetically by sector. Click on the charity's name to read Charity Intelligence's full report.  

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To see the charities that are new to the 2021 Top 100                                                                   

NEW Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society
  Boundless School
  East York Learning Experience
NEW EPIC Society
  Alberta Wilderness Association
  Bruce Trail Conservancy
 NEW David Suzuki Foundation
  Ecotrust Canada
  International Conservation Fund of Canada
NEW Nature Conservancy Canada
NEW World Wildlife Fund
  Calgary Food Bank
  The Compass
  Edmonton's Food Bank
NEW Feed Nova Scotia
  Food Banks Canada
  Food for Life Canada
  Greater Vancouver Food Bank
  Hamilton Food Share
  Moisson Montreal
NEW Partners in Mission Food Bank
  Second Harvest
  Calgary Homeless Foundation
  Eva's Initiatives
  Fred Victor
  Indwell Community Homes
  Inn from the Cold
  Aunt Leah's Place
NEW Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary & Area
  Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg
  Moorelands Community Services
NEW StepStones for Youth
  Toronto Foundation for Student Success
NEW  True North Youth Foundation
NEW Casey House
  Fresh Start Recovery Centre
  George Hull Centre for Children and Families
  Hope Air
  Hospice of Greater Saint John
  Victoria Hospice Society
  Discovery House
  The Redwood
NEW Veterans Transition Network
  CUPS Calgary Society
NEW Distress Centres of Greater Toronto
  Fora: Network for Change
NEW HeroWork
NEW Rick Hansen Foundation
NEW International Fellowship of Christians and Jews of Canada
NEW Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
NEW Canadian Feed the Children
  Canadian Foodgrains Bank
  Chalice Canada
  Citizens Foundation Canada
  Compassion Canada
  Doctors Without Borders
  Ethiopiaid Canada
  Farm Radio International
  Hope and Healing International
  IDRF - International Development and Relief Foundation
  Lifewater Canada
NEW Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia
  Mennonite Central Committee Canada
NEW Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba
  Mennonite Central Committee Ontario
  Operation Eyesight Universal
  Opportunity International Canada
NEW Primate's World Relief and Development Fund
  Seva Canada
NEW Wateraid Canada
  World Federation of Hemophilia
NEW World Renew
  World Vision Canada
  PUBLIC BENEFIT - Public fundraising charities
NEW Centraide of Greater Montreal (United Way Montreal)
  United Way of the Alberta Capital Region 
  United Way of East Ontario
  United Way of Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo
  United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick Region
  United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington
  United Way of Saskatoon & Area
  United Way of Winnipeg
  McGill University
  McMaster University
  Queen's University
  Ryerson University
  Simon Fraser University
  Universite de Montreal
  University of Alberta 
  University of British Columbia
  University of Calgary
  University of Manitoba
  University of New Brunswick
  University of Toronto
  University of Victoria
  University of Western Ontario
  Wilfrid Laurier University


Last year, an Angus Reid survey found that 60% of Canadians are doing more homework on charities before they give. 

Charity Intelligence’s Top 100 list is just this necessary homework. These are charities we have analysed and vetted so you can give with greater confidence. Out of all of Canada’s largest charities, these Top 100 highest-rated charities are the elite.

Most giving today is based on a charity’s name recognition, supported by massive fundraising campaigns, often costing tens of millions of dollars. Charity Intelligence takes a different tack, looking behind the gloss, at a charity’s results, costs, and impact. Using data analytics, we find again and again top results at Canadian charities that are typically less well known. Charity Intelligence’s Top 100 list does include some big household names – Doctors Without Borders, World Vision, universities and United Ways – yet many top-rated charities are undiscovered gems.

Many Canadians say they prefer to give to small charities. Included in this 2021 list are 10 small charities. Charity Intelligence defines a 'small' charity as having less than $1 million in donations.

This year, with covid, what we can afford to give matters more than ever. At this critical time with lower donations, our giving can’t be about us feeling good – our giving must do the most good possible to help those in need. Educated and informed donors are changing their giving to donate to different charities. We hope you will consider these top charities.

Along with this list of Top 100 Rated Charities, Charity Intelligence is preparing its lists of Top 10 Impact Charities that we will release in November. This is Canadian donors' favourite post on our website. 


About Charity Intelligence

Charity Intelligence’s website has reports on more than 800 Canadian charities. Here is the full A-Z listing. These charities receive more than $9.7 billion in donations each year, representing an estimated 57% of total Canadian giving. Charity Intelligence’s reports give donors the facts and figures to answer their questions about how charities spend money and the results they achieve. 77% of donors say that reading a Charity Intelligence report increased their confidence in giving and, with greater confidence, they gave 32% more money.

In 2016, Statistics Canada reported that nearly a third of Canadians weren’t giving as much to charities as they could because they had unanswered questions. We hope that by answering donors’ questions with independent reports, we can help Canadian donors give intelligently.

At the same time, some Canadian charities are striving to improve their star ratings. These charities are becoming more transparent and accountable. This makes Canada’s charity sector better for all.


If you find Charity Intelligence’s research useful in your giving, please consider donating to support our workBeing entirely funded by donors like you maintains our independence and objectivity to help Canadians be informed in their giving. Canadians donate over $17 billion each year. This giving could achieve tremendous results. We hope Charity Intelligence's research helps Canadians give better.


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