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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.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Do's and Don'ts of Matching Gifts and Challenge Grants


Is your organization considering a matching gift campaign? Charity Navigator worked with industry experts to discuss best practices for soliciting and structuring a matching gift campaign to ensure that you and your Donor are on the same page.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

3 Ways Moms Are Finding New Ways to Deal with Deadly Hunger


A nutritious diet, essential to a strong start in life, is a universal priority for mothers around the globe. Yet, access to all the elements that build nutrition in young children - healthy, diverse diets; clean water; good hygiene practices, and more - is anything but universal. 

After years of decline, global hunger is now on the rise: the latest reports indicate that some 821 million people suffer from hunger. Due to conflict, climate change, and economic shocks, millions of moms struggle daily to give their children what they need to thrive and survive.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Constituent Feedback: The Key to Impact Reporting?


Charity Navigator is dedicated to making impactful philanthropy easier for all. To that end, we are undertaking new initiatives that will allow donors to better understand the impact of their donations or charitable investments. There are many ways to define “impact” and even more ways to assess it. One potentially important measure of program results may lie in the hands of an organization’s beneficiaries.

Friday, April 5, 2019

How to Update Make Changes to Your Charity Navigator Rating Profile

Hey Charity Reps! 

Are you looking to make changes to the Accountability and Transparency (A&T) materials you have submitted to Charity Navigator, or submit links to where your policies live on your website to receive credit? Follow these simple steps to update your profile and begin receiving credit today! 

Monday, March 25, 2019

What the World Needs Now...


Today’s world of philanthropy is ever-changing in positive ways.  We can be encouraged as a society by the growth we are witnessing of social enterprise within the nonprofit sector. Given the growth of this sector, coupled with the billions of dollars in potential donations, Charity Navigator is constantly seeking to advance our mission of making impactful philanthropy easier for all.

Monday, March 11, 2019

7 Easy Ways for Teens to Give Back


Our friend, Craig Kielburger, the co-founder of WE Charity shares a few easy ways teens can get involved through his organization or a local charity that meets their interests.

The Dalai Lama once observed: “The greatest threat to our world is [that] we're raising a generation of passive bystanders.” WE is helping ensure that won’t be the case. Through our WE Schools service-based learning programs, it provides students and educators with the tools and resources to take action.

At the very heart of WE Charity lies the belief that young people can change the world. It’s why the organization was formed over 20 years ago with the mission of raising awareness about child labor. And it’s the driving factor that’s propelled WE into the global movement it has become today—dedicated to creating the next generation of positive changemakers.

There’s also clear evidence that by doing something for others, the students themselves are benefiting in multiple ways. According to McGill University researcher Dr. Nancy Heath, “Volunteering and getting involved gives a sense of community and belonging.” It can also help young people manage stress and build leadership skills that support both their academics and future career opportunities.

WE encourages youth to take action on causes they care about, both at home and abroad. It believes no matter your age or location, we can all make a positive impact—whether it’s volunteering, fundraising or raising awareness around issues that matter.

Here are seven easy ways teens can give back and make a positive impact in their daily lives, on the issues that are most important to them: