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10 Best Charities for Christmas 2013

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It's the season of giving but who is the deserving benefactor of your generosity? We've scoured the country, boiled down the financials and ranked the top 10 charities deserving of your hard-earned cash

10. Institute for Justice

First up, we've got the Institute for Justice, a non-profit civil liberties law firm with a central office in Washington D.C. and five regional offices across the U.S. Founded in 1991, the charity is involved in court litigation, as well as training law students, lawyers and policy activists in public interest law.

Based on data from Charity Navigator, the firm has achieved the highest rating for fiscal responsibility and excellence for 12 consecutive years. For fiscal 2012, of the $19.78 million raised, 83.5% went directly towards delivering its services and only 9.3% towards administrative expenses.