2023 Top 100 Rated Charities

2023 Top 100 Rated Charities

Charity Intelligence 2023 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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  Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society
NEW Calgary Humane Society
  Toronto Humane Society
  Boundless School
  East York Learning Experience
  EPIC Society
  First Book Canada
  JUMP Math
NEW Visions of Science
  Alberta Wilderness Association
NEW Atlantic Salmon Federation
  Bruce Trail Conservancy
  Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
  Environmental Defence Canada
NEW Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy
NEW Georgian Bay Forever
  International Conservation Fund of Canada
  Nature Conservancy Canada
  Nova Scotia Nature Trust
NEW World Wildlife Fund
  Calgary Food Bank
NEW Daily Bread Food Bank
  Edmonton's Food Bank
  Feed Nova Scotia
  Feed Ontario
NEW Food Banks of Quebec
NEW Food for Life Canada
NEW Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
NEW Hamilton Food Share
NEW Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge
  Mississauga Food Bank
  Moisson Montreal
NEW Ottawa Food Bank
  Partners in Mission Food Bank
  Regina & District Food Bank
  Second Harvest
  George Hull Centre for Children and Families
  Simon House
  Street Health
NEW Calgary Homeless Foundation
NEW Eva's
NEW 360Kids Support Services
  Aunt Leah's Place
  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary & Area
  Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton
NEW Choices for Youth
  Moorelands Community Services
NEW StepStones for Youth
  Toronto Foundation for Student Success
  Water First
  Discovery House
  Fear Is Not Love Society
NEW RESET Society of Calgary
  Veterans Transition Network
  Furniture Bank
  Rick Hansen Foundation
  Canadian Feed the Children
  Canadian Foodgrains Bank
  Chalice Canada
  Citizens Foundation Canada
  Compassion Canada
  Doctors Without Borders
  Farm Radio International
  FH Canada
  IDRF - International Development and Relief Foundation
  Lifewater Canada
  Mennonite Central Committee British Columbia
  Mennonite Central Committee Canada
  Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba
  Mennonite Central Committee Ontario
  Operation Eyesight Universal
  Opportunity International Canada
  Ryan's Well
  Seva Canada
  Tearfund Canada
  World Federation of Hemophilia
  World Renew
  World Vision Canada
  Centraide of Greater Montreal (United Way Montreal)
NEW Jays Care Foundation
  MLSE Foundation
  United Way East Ontario
NEW United Way of Alberta Capital Region
  McGill University
  McMaster University
  Memorial University of Newfoundland
  Simon Fraser University
  Universite de Montreal
  University of Calgary
  University of New Brunswick
  University of Prince Edward Island
NEW University of Saskatchewan
  University of Victoria
  University of Western Ontario
  Wilfrid Laurier University


In 2020, 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 often 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 2023 list are 11 small charities. Charity Intelligence defines a 'small' charity as having less than $1 million in donations.

What we can afford to give matters more than ever. 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 donating to these top charities.

Along with this list of Top 100 Rated Charities, Charity Intelligence is preparing its lists of Top 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 846 Canadian charities. Here is the full A-Z listing. These charities receive more than $11.6 billion in donations each year, which we estimate is 61% 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 $19 billion each year. This giving could achieve tremendous results. We hope Charity Intelligence's research helps Canadians give better.



Angus Reid survey "Philanthropy, Pandemic & Political Scandal: Covid-19 curtails donor giving (estimate from survey responses), WE affair weakens trust in charities, September 17, 2020.


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