Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Collaborative Project Seeks to Unlock Nonprofit Data

You may know what a Form  990 is and you may know that Charity Navigator uses the information contained in these documents to rate charities. But did you know that accessing the treasure trove of data in these documents requires intensive manual review, advanced computer skills, or both? That's right. Since the start of Charity Navigator, a significant portion of our staff's time has been devoted to data entry. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Metric Mondays #15: Donor Privacy Policy

This Metric Monday covers an important Accountability & Transparency metric: Donor Privacy Policy.

Metric Mondays #14: Program Expense Growth

Today's Metric Monday addresses a key financial health indicator: program expense growth.

Friday, May 19, 2017

What is Red Nose Day?

You may have seen Red Noses for sale at Walgreens, or a picture of your favorite celebrity wearing a red nose, or seen an ad about the special TV programming coming up on May 25th on NBC. But do you know what these clown noses have to do with helping to lift kids and families out of poverty? 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

International Museum Day

Exhibit Painting DisplayDid you know that May 18th is International Museum Day? Established in 1977, International Museum Day is a day to raise awareness of the critical role that museums play in the development of society throughout the world. It is a celebration of the diverse educational opportunities that museums contribute to the communities around them.

Starting in 1997, this day has been given a new theme each year, in order to highlight the wide variety of experiences offered by museums. This year's theme is "Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums." The theme serves to highlight the critical role that museums can play in opening discussions surrounding the diversity of human experience. Museums build spaces that can give voices to the voiceless, and this May 18th we are encouraged to seek out cultural exchanges by visiting the many museums that help highlight the variety of human experience. 

We encourage you to take today to visit and support your favorite museums. The official website for International Museum Day features an interactive map of participating museums. You can find a full list of our 3 and 4-Star museums here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

May 17th, The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, is a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities. The date was chosen in honor of the World Health Organization’s decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental health disorder in 1990.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day!

Credit: Don Freiday/USFWS
The 2nd weekend of May is recognized by the United Nations as World Migratory Bird Day, an awareness campaign bringing attention to the need for protecting migratory birds and their habitats.