News and analysis
October 14, 2012

How the Top 100 Have Changed in 2 Decades

Over the past 20 years, charities have ridden the boom of the 1990s and fought through the tough economic times of the last five years. This is even true of the 100 charities that raise the most money each year.

When you click on a charity name in the chart below, you will see how it ranked in other years as well as how other charities in the same category have fared over the past two decades. You can also search for charities in the box below.

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Organizations of Note

Compassion International

The Christian aid charity didn’t enter the top 100 until 2004. Today, it ranks No. 23 and is the fourth-largest international organization in the Philanthropy 400.

Fidelity Charitable

Fidelity, like other commercial gift funds, had no presence in the top 100 until 1995. Formerly known as Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, it has vaulted to the number-two spot on our list.


Good360, formerly Gifts in Kind International, rose quickly until the recent recession, when it fell from its perch among the top 10 charities that raised the most from private sources. It is No. 53 this year.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

The controversial women’s health organization was a lightning rod for politicians and the media in 2011, but it last appeared among the nation’s 100-largest fundraising charities in 2005. It ranks No. 118 on this year's list.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has been one of the most consistent charities on The Chronicle’s list. It has ranked no lower than No. 3 on the Philanthropy 400 during the past two decades.

Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners has been on a steady decline in The Chronicle’s rankings, starting at No. 15 in 1991 and falling out of the top 100 this year.