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The team from Charity Navigator, the nation's largest independent charity evaluator and leading donor advocate, shares their thoughts on emerging nonprofit-sector issues and offers tips to better inform your intelligent giving decisions.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Charity Navigator's Guide to Spotting a Fake Charity

Why do you give? Because it feels good to give back to a cause you’re passionate about, right? 

There are so many great organizations hard at work to make our world a better place. However, there are always a few bad apples ready to ruin the joy in giving for everyone. And that’s why Charity Navigator is here! We offer all of our charity evaluations, tools, and resources to you completely free of charge to help you give confidently. With Charity Navigator you can give generously, knowing your gift will go to organization that will use it to do the most good.

Today we’re sharing a few tips to help you spot a fake charity before you give.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Connecticut

Each week, Charity Navigator highlights a few of the highly-rated charities serving a particular state as part of our "Cross-Country Tour" series. Last week we took a look at some of the organizations serving the people and places of Colorado. This week we're heading east to check out a few of Connecticut's outstanding organizations.

Connecticut marks the southern end of New England It's situated along the Atlantic between the New York metro area and the sleepy, picturesque towns of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. While it's the third smallest state, it's also the fourth most densely populated. Learn more about some of the organizations serving the residents of communities of the Constitution State today.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Taking a Closer Look at Charity Navigator's Ratings: Accountability & Transparency

Charity Navigator offer two-dimensional evaluations of more than 9,000 of the nation’s largest charities. Last week we dug into the first dimension, financial health, to explain what we look for and what the numbers say about a charity’s performance. Today we’re going to spend some time looking at the second dimension, accountability and transparency. This facet takes into account a charity’s policies for being open and honest with their constituents and donors, and the structures they have in place to reduce the risk of fraud and wrongdoing.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Tuesday: Charities with the Most Consecutive 4 Star Ratings

Every week, Charity Navigator brings you a list of 10 highly-rated organizations to inspire your charitable giving. This week we’re recognizing 10 organizations who continue to prove they are committed to excellence year after year. Of the more than 9,000 organizations currently evaluated by Charity Navigator, these organizations have received the most consecutive 4-star ratings.

Take a moment to check out this list of exceptional organizations and learn a little bit more about the work they’re doing to make our world a better place.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Taking a Closer Look at Charity Navigator's Ratings: Financial Health

Charity Navigator offers more than 9,000 two-dimensional charity ratings. Our ratings take into account a charity’s financial health, as well as their accountability and transparency. 

Today we’re going to be taking a closer look at what we factor into a charity’s financial health rating. Please remember this only makes up half of an organization’s evaluation and you should take the full rating into account before making a giving decision.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Colorado

This week we're heading east from California to stop in Colorado and feature some of the highly-rated charities serving the people and communities of the Centennial State. The organizations in this state are as diverse as its breathtaking landscape of mountains, valleys, plains, rivers, and canyons.