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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.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in South Dakota


South Dakota is home to 15 highly-rated charities doing exceptional work in communities around the state. Today, Charity Navigator is featuring a few of those organizations.

These charities are working to solve a spectrum of South Dakota's most pressing issues. They are helping children and families while upholding the highest standards for financial health and accountability.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

World Food Day: Here's What It's All About


Most of us visit our pantries or refrigerators without ever thinking about where are food comes from. But, the story behind our food matters. Our meals represent jobs, and labor, and human hands. They are also tied to our economies and environments.

October 16 is World Food Day—a day set aside to think about the food we eat, understand the realities of world hunger, discuss our food systems, and seek innovative ways to improve them for the health of us, our neighbors, and our world.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Top 10 Habitat for Humanity Affiliates


Habitat for Humanity is an international organization focused on providing safe and affordable homes to families in need. They believe that by providing reliable shelter families will be able to tackle their other challenges.

Habitat for Humanity affiliates work with partners in their communities to secure building materials. They see the families who will buy their homes as "partners" and offer them an affordable place to live in exchange for a set amount of "sweaty equity," or hours spent building their home.

Friday, October 12, 2018

How to Become a Long-Term Partner in Disaster Recovery


Following any disaster, we experience that knee-jerk reaction to give. We see photos and footage of communities devastated by an unpredictable flood, earthquake, or fire and want to help. We imagine ourselves and our families in the situation and our hearts break.

But what happens after the water recedes, the debris has been cleared, and the news crews leave?

True recovery takes more than just a week or two. The rebuilding process after a disaster can take many months and even years.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in South Carolina


Did you know South Carolina is home to more than 60 highly-rated charities?

Today, we're featuring the state's five most highly-rated charities. These outstanding organizations operate programs to care for the physical and emotional needs of South Carolinians around the state, and pets in need of care and forever homes. They remain committed to upholding the highest standards for financial health and accountability as they deliver their important services.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

3 Reasons to Use Charity Navigator's Giving Basket


This month marks 3 years since we launched our Giving Basket feature. We wanted to celebrate the occasion by highlighting 3 features that users love about the Giving Basket. 

But first, we wanted to share our users' dedication to supporting the causes they care about. In our first 3 years, we’ve seen 98,640 users of our site make donations through the Giving Basket. Those users have donated $46.2 million to over 18,000 charities doing work they care about and want to invest in.