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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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Charity Navigator: The Gift that Keeps Giving — Books!

As the holiday season approaches, many of us are thinking of ways to give to back and help our communities. Fortunately, there are many simple ways to give back and make a difference. Donating useful items that you already have, like books, is a great way to start.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Charity Navigator Answers "Should I Donate Cash or Clothes?"


An important thing to remember before donating is that different types of donations are useful in different situations. This is especially true when thinking about donating money versus clothes.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Do Mo' Good in Movember


Since its origin in 2003, when two friends decided to challenge themselves and others to grow mustaches, the Movember movement, and the Movember Foundation (☆☆☆), has blossomed into one of the most prominent faces of men's health on a global scale. Realizing the power of a moustache to start a conversation, the Movember Foundation has been challenging people to grow out their facial hair in the month of November and to use that process as a way to start conversations regarding men's health issues and raise funds to help organizations that fight prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and suicide.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Charity Navigator Highlights Charities For Adoption Awareness Month


Adoption Awareness Month is a time to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in the foster care system. In 1990, after several decades of Adoption Week across the country, the week became a month.There are over 110,000 children who are available for adoption in the U.S. foster care system. More children enter the system every year than are adopted, and tens of thousands of children will never be adopted — leaving the system without families.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cash Back for Good: How to Donate Your Credit Card Rewards to Charity


This guest post was written by Ashley Dull, our friend at CardRates.com.

Although cash back rewards are one of the most compelling reasons to use your credit card for everyday purchases, a shocking 31% of cardholders let those rewards sit fallow. With over a billion credit cards in the US alone, and the best cash back credit cards offering up to 5% back, that 31% figure could translate to millions of dollars’ worth of unused rewards going to waste.

Rather than letting those points or miles gather digital dust, some cardholders choose to use their credit card rewards to make a difference — by donating them to a worthy charity.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Charity Navigator Recognizes World Kindness Day


Introduced in 1998, World Kindness Day is a day set apart to highlight little works of kindness in our communities. Initiated by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of grassroots organizations in countries around the world, this day is a time for us to look past our differences and remember what it is to be a good neighbor. The Movement believes kindness has the power to break barriers and bridge the things that divide us.

If you don’t have plans to participate in a World Kindness Day activity, consider using our Advanced Search Tool to find and support a charity spreading kindness in your community.