The Society of St. Vincent de Paul reached another milestone this year when business analyst Forbes named SVdP to its list of the top 100 charities in the United States. Forbes ranked SVdP 75th.
"To be included in Forbes Top 100 charities is truly a a testimonial to our commitment to serving the least fortunate among us," said Brian Ferschweiler, executive director of SVdP in Portland. "In as much as I'm proud of being recognized for the good works we perform day in and day out, I'm most proud of how our staff and volunteers treat each and every client with the dignity and compassion they deserve."
The Forbes list ranks charities based on private contributions received. The Forbes rankings also take into account charitable commitment, financial efficiency, and compensation of the organization's top-paid employee. Although each charity's total revenue is noted on the Forbes list, the rankings do not count government grants, payments for services, or returns on investments.
SVdP national President John Berry said that Forbes' recognition is important because it acknowledges the enormity of the work that SVdP does to serve people in need.
"It is a reflection on the hundreds of thousands of hours of dedicated service of our Vincentians across this country. And it celebrates the generosity and support of our donors and supporters who provide us the resources we need to serve," Berry added.