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Houston charities take top position in national rankings: 51 of 112 non-profits get four stars

H-Town charities top national rankings: 51 non-profits get four stars

New Years Eve Fireworks, Discovery Green
Eye-popping New Year's Eve fireworks at Discovery Green in 2012. Charity Navigator gives the Discovery Green Conservancy a top ranking. Photo by © Hall Puckett

With the 2015 report from Charity Navigator, the Houston non-profit community joins other H-Town arenas in top national rankings. Having been in second place the two previous years, the city's charitable fabric has attained the highest rung of the charity ladder in an analysis based on financial, accountability and transparency practices of 112 non-profits.

Thirty major metropolitan markets were reviewed including Dallas (19th), New York (17th) and San Diego, which was No 2. Houston previously enjoyed the top ranking in 2012.

In addition to achieving the highest scores in finances and accountability and transparency and overall ranking, the Houston non-profit market outpaced the national level in a variety of categories. Total assets, total contributions, total revenue and, yes, total expenses among Houston charities were tops in the nation.

Of those 112 examined, 51 non-profits were rewarded with four stars including Goodwill Industries, Discovery Green Conservancy, the Alley Theatre, Houston Ballet and Star of Hope Mission. To check out the Houston charity ratings, click here.