Many people use the percentage of total expenses that went to program services as a criterion for how efficient an organization is. The advantage of this number is that it is officially recorded, usually with the secretary of state for the state in which the charity is registered. However, please keep in mind that these numbers are not as objective as they might seem. Where an organization draws the line between program services and other expenses is a very subjective question.
+ A Plus sign after the number indicates that for gifts designated to a specific cause, 100% is dispersed to the project.
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