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Friday, January 19, 2018

Things We Love: Philanthropy Inspired by Arrested Development

"You can look anywhere and find inspiration." - Frank Gehry, Architect

Today I'm finding some light-hearted charitable inspiration in one of my favorite television shows, Arrested Development. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Alaska

From our first stop in Alabama, we're moving West to our next stop in Alaska on Charity Navigator's cross-country tour, which aims to recognize some of the highly-rated charities in each state.

Sometimes called "The Last Frontier," Alaska is known for it's unique biodiversity and natural beauty which is protected be several large national parks. While nearly half of the state's population lives in the Anchorage metro area, small cities, towns, and villages dot the state's breathtaking landscape. We're taking a look at five of the state's highly-rated organizations who are serving the people, communities, and environment of Alaska.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Charity Navigator's Tips for Volunteering: How to Have Fun While Giving Back

Each year millions of Americans give their time and talent to support worthwhile charitable causes. Are you one of them?

Volunteering provides us with hands on opportunities to give back and make the world a better place. Whether it’s walking dogs at the local animal shelter, building a house for a family in need, or cleaning up a beach to promote a healthier ocean--volunteering matters. 

Most of us will spend some time volunteering this year. Take a minute to read through our simple tips for how to make the most of your experience (and maybe even have a little fun while you’re at it).

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Tuesday: Best Dog Charities

Charity Navigator is kicking off a new weekly series--Top 10 Tuesday--intended to connect you with charities you might not know of that are serving the causes you are passionate about. Is there something you’d like us to cover? Leave a comment and we’ll do our best to include it.

The age old debate continues on--dogs versus cats--thus with the flip of a coin we begin our series with… dogs. Man’s best friend. From loyal companions to trusty aids, dogs have won a place in many of our hearts.

Today we’re sharing a list of the Top 10 dog charities currently evaluated by Charity Navigator. The list was curated by highest total rating points from charities’ most recent evaluations. Love dogs? Consider supporting one of these outstanding organizations.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities Helping Victims of the California Mudslides

Just weeks after devastating wildfires ripped through the hills of Southern California, the area was hit with massive rain storms that dumped inches of rain and caused disastrous mudslides. 

The mudslides, concentrated in Santa Barbara County, have affected much of the oceanside community of Montecito. Homes have been destroyed, 17 people have been reported dead and 43 are missing, while hundreds more are waiting to be rescued. Rescuers are digging through feet of mud and debris to find survivors and free those who have been trapped and blocked off from evacuating by the mudslides.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Charity Navigator: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018

Most of us are looking forward to the upcoming long weekend -- an extra day to sleep in, take care of errands and chores, and binge on our latest Netflix obsession. In the post-holiday winter slump it’s easy to forget why many of us are given this day off. Each January most of our schools and workplaces close to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day set apart to remember the life and work of this important civil rights activist who diligently gave of himself to change the fabric of our culture and society.