Smart Money Magazine Names Samaritan's Purse, Headed By Franklin Graham, As Top Religious Charity

Samaritan's Purse
Friday, 15 December 2000

This month's issue of Smart Money magazine asks its readers to "Put your money where our math is." Their math calculated the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse to be the most efficient religious charity.

Based on three years of financial data, how much money is allocated to programs, fundraising, and savings, Smart Money ranked the leading charity organizations in seven categories. The Boone, North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham since 1979, received the best rating in the category of religious organizations.

With an annual budget of $130 million, Samaritan's Purse specializes in providing immediate no-red-tape relief assistance to victims of war, poverty, and natural disaster. This year the organization is working in 100 countries including Sudan, Honduras, and Russia.

Currently, Samaritan's Purse is distributing some 4 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in more than 75 countries through the organization's project Operation Christmas Child. Since it's inception in 1993, Operation Christmas Child has become the world's largest children's Christmas project, having delivered more than 9 million shoe box gifts to underprivileged kids.

Other programs of Samaritan's Purse include:

The Children's Heart Project has brought more than 85 children from war-torn countries to the U.S. to receive free heart surgery and treatments not otherwise available to them. The project connects children who suffer from life-threatening congenital heart defects with U.S. hospitals that perform medical treatment without charge.

Since 1997, Samaritan's Purse has operated a mission hospital, in war-torn southern Sudan, that serves an estimated 300,000 people in a 120-mile radius. This hospital has been bombed five times this year by the Islamic government of Sudan. In another remote region of the country, a Samaritan's Purse medical clinic provides basic health services to some 100,000 people.

For more information, or to contact Samaritan's Purse, see their website at:

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