Thursday, July 2, 2015


credit: U.S. Navy
Could this summer’s #icebucketchallenge be the #givethem20 challenge? Maybe.

But first, what is it you ask? It is a new social media campaign launched by American Corporate Partners to generate awareness of its efforts to help veterans transition to the civilian workforce. And all you need to do is film yourself doing 20 push-ups, sit-ups or another exercise of your choice, dedicate it to veterans and invite your friends to take the challenge.

So far, the charity reports not generating much in the way of donations and says that fundraising isn’t the aim of the campaign anyhow. And although it hasn’t taken off in the way that the #icebucketchallenge did, several well-known celebrities have taken the challenge.

Whether you do push-ups or not, if this social media challenge inspires you to want to support our veterans, then we encourage you to use our site to find a charity you can trust

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Ratings Update

For our July 1st update, our team of analysts completed over 1,000 updated ratings and in addition some newly rated charities.

4-star American Skin Association
4-star Share and Care Foundation
4-star Harlem Academy
3-star The LPGA Foundation
3-star Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy
2-star Cancer Lifeline
2-star Amnesty International USA
1-star Global Training Network
0-star American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens

4-star Snowball Express
3-star Animals' Angels
3-star Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation
3-star Rochester Museum and Science Center
2-star Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
2-star Tony Stewart Foundation

Monday, June 29, 2015

Introducing Instant Charity Updates

Whether you're new to Charity Navigator or a long-time, power user of our site, we know what matters most to you is having access to the most up-to-date nonprofit data available. So, starting in July, we'll be alerting registered users anytime we publish new information on the charities they track. 

Here are a few examples of notifications registered users could receive:

  • This charity's rating has gone up to 3 stars. Click here to see the evaluation.
  • This charity received its first rating and it is 4-stars, our highest rating! Click here to see the evaluation.
  • This organization now has a Donor Advisory. Click here to learn more.
What do you need to do to take advantage of this offer?

  1. If you haven't done so already, become a registered user of Charity Navigator's website (there is no fee for this service).
  2. Then add charities (this can be those that we rate or that we don't yet rate) that you want to track to your "My Charities." For more information on how to follow (or unfollow) specific charities, click here.

That's it. Sit back, relax and start receiving our alerts.

P.S. Not to worry, we will only send an alert when a charity followed by a registered user is updated. And, since we publish the bulk of our new data on the first of each month, typically registered users will only receive a notice from us once a month. 

Top 5 FAQs

1. Does Charity Navigator charge charities to be rated?
Nope. Not one cent. 
We have never charged charities to be evaluated, ensuring that you can trust the data we deliver. Furthermore, for those charities that receive our highest rating, we have never charged them a fee to access and use our 4-star logos.

2. Where do you look on a charity’s ratings page to find out how much the charity spends on its programs/ services?
Each of our charity ratings pages displays the amount the charity spends on its programs/ services. Just scroll down the rating page, below the chart that plots the star rating, to the section titled "Financial Performance Metrics." The first metric listed is "Program Expenses" which is the percent of the charity's total spending that went towards its charitable programs and services.

3. How can I add a charity to ‘My Charities?’

Once you log into the siteyou can add unrated organizations and rated charities to "My Charities." Detailed instructions are offered on our site here.

4. How can I find a list of charities that Support the Troops?
In the Hot Topics section of our site, you’ll find lists of charities that pertain to current events, such as those that Support the TroopsYou can also use our Advanced Search Tool to quickly identify charities that match your philanthropic passion.

5. How can I learn more about informed giving and Charity Navigator?
Join more than 220,000 other donors that have sign up to receive our weekly emails. Each of our emails is designed to help you learn how to use our site and how to ensure your hard-earned money goes to charities worthy of your support. Sign up now!
You can review more FAQs here. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Are You Awesome?

We've got job openings for not 1, but 2 awesome candidates. 
Check our our site to learn more about our open positions and why our staff loves working at Charity Navigator.

Monday, June 15, 2015

4-Star Charities

Check out our Pinterest board to see some of the interesting ways 4-star charities are sharing the good news about their 'excellent' ratings. 

Follow Charity Navigator's board 4-star charities on Pinterest.