Charity Ratings Method

We have based our rating system on the US based Charity Navigator:

Charity Navigator has developed an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system and has assessed over 8,000 of America’s charities; both well known and lesser known. Charity Navigator's rating system examines two broad areas of a charity's performance: their Financial Health and their Governance.

Our rating system looks at a charity’s Financial Efficiency and Good Governance as well. However, Giving Back Association also sends its team to visit the facilities of each charity we rate, touring the facilities and conducting in-person interviews with the management. We then publish detailed reviews reporting our findings. We aim to show donors how efficiently we believe a charity will use donations, as well as their level of commitment to good governance, best practices and transparency. (our reviews)

We then issue separate weighted scores of 0-100 for Financial Efficiency and Good Governance, which are then combined, resulting in a 0 to 4 star rating. 

We have attached the rating criteria forms below so that you can see the methodology used for each category as well as how we combine them for the overall ratings.


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Download the Financial Efficiency Ratings Form to learn more about how we rate each charities’ Financial Efficiency

Financial Efficiency Rating Form
Financial Efficiency Rating Form.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 81.6 KB

Download the Good Governance Ratings Form to learn more about how we rate each charities’ levels of Good Governance

Good Governance Rating Form
Good Governance Rating Form.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 92.1 KB
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific - UNESCAP
UNESCAP - What is good governance.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 49.3 KB

Download the Overall Combined Ratings Formula to learn more about how we combine the ratings

Combined Rating Formula
Overall Combined Rating.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 72.4 KB