Monday, April 27, 2015

Tips for Donating to Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

No doubt, you want to help alleviate the suffering in Nepal after this weekend's massive earthquake. But where you do you start? 

Watch this important message from Charity Navigator to find out how you can give generously and with confidence to the relief efforts.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nepal Earthquake Relief

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On April 25, 2015, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal about 50 miles from the nation's capital and largest city, Kathmandu. The quake destroyed buildings and left at least 1,500 dead. 

We know the heart wrenching images of the damage will inspire many people to want to help and that relief charities will be mounting a response to provide food, clothing, hygiene items, medicine and temporary housing to assist with the immediate aftereffects of this disaster. At this point in time, the following charities, with 3 or 4-star ratings, have indicated that they plan to assist in the relief efforts in some way:
But before you give to one of these charities, first decide what you want your donation to accomplish and select the charity offering that specific type of aid. To do this, simply use Charity Navigator's website to view a charity's rating page. Once you are satisfied with its rating, then you can jump to the charity’s website to learn more about the type of assistance the charity is providing in relation to this disaster. For more tips on giving in times of crisis, please review our Tips for Giving in Times of Crisis here.

In the coming days, charities will continue to assess the situation to determine how best to provide assistance. Once they make their plans public, we will update the list of charities responding. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Announcing the Charity Navigator Billboard Selfie Challenge

Thanks to Clear Channel, digital ads for Charity Navigator are running on billboards across the country (like the one seen here in Tampa, FL). When you see one, take a photo of you and the billboard and share it with us (via facebook, twitter or email). We can't wait to see all the cities where our ads are appearing.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Orlando TV Station Reports: How to check out charities before donating

In this segment, Consumer Reporter Eryka Washington, explains to WKMG TV viewers, the steps that they can take to be informed and confident givers.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

The First Family's Charitable Donations

With April 15th just past us, it was recently reported that the President Obama and his wife Michelle donated $70,712 (14.8%) of their 2014 earnings to charity.  Their largest gift was $22,012 to the Fisher House Foundation.  Hopefully, the First Family consulted Charity Navigator before making the donation.  If they did, they would have had the confidence of donating to one of our 4 Star rated charities.  The Fisher House Foundation supports America's military.  The rest of their donations were made to multiple charities in amounts from $1,500 to $5,000.  Their third largest donation of $2,000 was given to another 4 star Charity Navigator rated charity The CDC Foundation.