Not all nonprofits are created equal -- just ask Charity Navigator.
The watchdog group tracks charities nationwide to help donors have a better understanding of the organizations they choose to support. Taking into consideration factors like a group's sources of revenue and its spending practices, Charity Navigator has ranked the top-performing and worst-performing charities of 2014 across a variety of genres of social causes.
Here are 11 of Charity Navigator's top-rated organizations:
Best In: Youth Development
Place of Hope is a faith-based and state-licensed child welfare group that provides a variety of services to kids and families in need, including maternity care, safety for victims of sex trafficking and transitional housing. Visit the organization's website, or find them on Facebook here.