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10 Best Charities for Holiday Giving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and there's no better time than now to embrace the season of giving. But, with so many different places to donate your time and/or money, how do you know who is the most deserving benefactor of your generosity?

Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities, has rounded up its most recent list of Top-Notch Charities. These charities all received Charity Navigator's highest 4-star rating in financial indicators as well as accountability and transparency. In other words, these 10 charities are able to be fiscally responsible while following best practices to minimize the chance of unethical activities.

So, which charities should you consider donating to this holiday season? Click through to find out.

10. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee

Since 1986, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee has worked to end hunger in Northeast Tennessee. Last year, this Second Harvest Food Bank received and distributed more than 10.3 million pounds of food.

Based on data from Charity Navigator, the firm has achieved the highest rating for fiscal responsibility and excellence for 10 consecutive years. For fiscal 2014, of the $16.99 million raised, 96.50% went directly towards delivering its services and only 2.20% towards administrative expenses.