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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, May 18, 2018

10 Museums to Know on International Museum Day

Each year, the International Council of Museums sponsors International Museum Day, a time to celebrate museums as “important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace among peoples.

In honor of International Museum Day, Charity Navigator is sharing a list of the ten most highly-rated museums that we currently evaluate. They span a broad range of topics from history to art to science, and are located all over the United States. Consider supporting one of these important cultural insitutions today. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Maine

Each week, as part of our Cross-Country Tour series, Charity Navigator features a few of the highly-rated charities working in one of the states. Thus far, our tour has had us weaving back and forth across the country, spending some time in the Pacific, a few weeks in the West, and lots of time in the Midwest. This week we’re finally heading back to the East Coast! This week we’re “stopping” in Maine and learning a bit more about the organizations at work there.

Located at the top of the United States’ eastern coast, Maine is the easternmost state. It’s known for its unique landscapes--from dense forest to a rocky coastline dotted with small sea towns. There are nearly fifty highly-rated organizations serving the state of Maine with programs ranging from environmental protection to health and education to animal care. Keep reading to learn more about a few of the state’s exceptional charities.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Things We Love: Philanthropy Inspired by the Royal Wedding

At Charity Navigator, we believe philanthropic inspiration is all around us. We all have the desire to do good and help others, but sometimes we don’t know where to start. Take a look around… What excites you? What brings you joy? How can those things inspire you to make the world a better place?

Today, we’re finding inspiration in the Royal Wedding. Ahead of their weekend nuptials, Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Marckle asked excited spectators to share in their special moment by supporting one of seven charities the couple selected based on their interests and passions. For those of us watching the wedding on this side of the Pond, we created a list of highly-rated charities working on similar issues in the United States. 

Keep reading to see which charities made the happy couple’s list and who we’ve chosen as their American counterparts.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Tuesday: Best Zoos & Aquariums

Each week Charity Navigator features ten highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or issue. This week we’re featuring the ten highest rated charities in our Zoos and Aquariums sub-category.

As you’re looking ahead to summer, consider a trip to one of these great zoos or aquariums to learn more about the rare or unique animals you probably can’t find in your backyard. All of these organizations have been recognized for their exceptional work to protect and conserve wildlife, and connect hundreds of thousands of visitors to one-of-a-kind visits each year.

Is your favorite zoo on this list? Keep reading to find out... 

(Plus, we've included lots of cute animals gifs!)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Get Involved in Food Allergy Awareness Week

According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), food allergies affect as many as 15 million Americans. And, it is estimated, that one in every thirteen children has a food allergy. Reactions to food allergies can range from hives or an itchy throat to life-threatening anaphylaxis. That is why it is important to understand what food allergies are and how we can all help to make our communities safe spaces for those diagnosed with them.

Today marks the start of Food Allergy Awareness Week. This week, organizations like FARE, as well as schools, medical centers, and local groups will hold events and publish materials to educate the public about food allergies.

Keep reading to learn more FARE and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, two highly-rated organizations working to raise awareness of and combat food allergies, as well as ways to get involved in Food Allergy Awareness Week.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Give Confidently with Charity Navigator

While we are prompted to donate for many different reasons, one purpose unites all charitable giving: doing good. The desire to do good is a powerful force. It is hopeful and optimistic. It believes that no problem is too big to be solved. And it will change the world.

Charity Navigator is here to help you give confidently knowing that your donations will do good and change the world. Our unbiased charity ratings and complementary resources are just one facet of our service. Keep reading to learn more about Charity Navigator, what we offer, and how we can help you change the world.