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Friday, January 4, 2019

An Important New Year's Resolution That's Easy to Keep



Resolve to make the world a little bit better in 2019.
With Charity Navigator, that’s a resolution you can keep!

Empty champagne bottles clink in the recycling bin while rogue pieces of confetti evade our vacuums. These are small reminders that it’s a new year--one we promised to welcome with hope and optimism. As part of the celebration, we vowed to eat healthier, exercise regularly, spend wisely, and read more. This year, let’s consider another resolution: to make the world around just a little bit better. Here’s how Charity Navigator can help…


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Power of Monthly Giving


As 2018 draws to a close, many of us are wrapping up our last-minute shopping, gift wrapping, and holiday meal preparations. Don't let your charitable giving slip through the cracks! Donations must be made (or postmarked) by December 31 to count toward the current tax year. 

Now that we've established a proper sense of urgency, let's discuss an easy way to make your year-end donations more impactful. 

Friday, December 14, 2018

“Rage Giving”: How to Find a Charity that Turns Your Rage into Action

This guest post was written by our friend Danielle Cheesman.

“Don’t go to bed angry.” It’s the divisive recommendation that couples (usually newly
cohabitating, engaged or married) have received since time immemorial, long enough
that many have rightfully begun to question whether the advice is sage or
shortsighted—with the latter arguing that, on the contrary, a clearer head is the clearer
choice.

But when it comes to altruism, might we argue that being angry is, in fact, a welcomed
motivator?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

7 Gifts to Give Your Local Homeless Shelter this Holiday Season


Winter is upon us. While it ushers in the cheer of another holiday season, it also brings bitter winds and cold nights to most of the country.

During the cold winter months, homeless shelters see an influx in individuals seeking their services. This holiday season, consider giving a gift to your local shelter to help them serve more people in your community. Here are a few items we recommend...

Thursday, December 6, 2018

7 Gifts to Give Your Local Animal Shelter this Holiday Season


It's that time of year again! The holidays are upon us and we're creating gift lists for our families and friends. 

This year, consider giving a gift to your favorite local charity too! Today we're sharing gift ideas for the animal shelter in your community. These items will go a long way toward keeping pets fed and warm while they wait to find their forever homes.

Friday, November 30, 2018

4 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Giving Back


This guest post was written by our friends at DonorsChoose.org, the nonprofit site that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need.

Giving is an important part of your life. But how can you make sure your kids will grow up knowing how to give back? Here are four tips you can put into practice today to teach your children the importance of giving — and help them get started.