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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, September 18, 2018

10 Charities with Perfect Scores


Each week Charity Navigator shares a new Top 10 list of highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or issue. This week’s list is extra special because we’re featuring a few of the organizations that have earned perfect scores from us--that’s no small feat! 

These outstanding organizations are working on a number of issues in communities across the United States and around the world. Is your favorite organization on this list?


Monday, September 17, 2018

How to Give: Restricted v. Unrestricted Funding


Is it better to tell the charities you support how you want your donations to be used, or leave it up to them to determine?

Keep reading to learn the key differences between “restricted” and “unrestricted” funding and what they mean for your favorite organizations.


Friday, September 14, 2018

The Power of Volunteers


As the East Coast braces for and recovers from what some experts have called a "storm of a lifetime," Charity Navigator is remembering the 2017 hurricane season. Just one year ago, three of the most powerful, destructive, and expensive hurricanes ever recorded--Harvey, Irma, and Maria--tore through the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast, and the Southeastern United States. Within just a few weeks of one another, these storms pummeled hundreds of communities leaving a trail of in their paths.

In the immediate wake of each storm, disaster response organizations were on the ground and calling in additional staff to begin delivering aid and relief in the affected communities. Donations poured in from individuals in the United States and around the world. And then came the volunteers. Volunteers from all walks of life descended on the affected areas to partner with response groups to begin the recovery process. They handed out food and supplies, manned temporary shelters, and began tearing down and rebuilding homes.

Keep reading to learn a little bit more about the power of volunteers following a crisis or disaster.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Oklahoma


Every Thursday, Charity Navigator features several highly-rated charities at work in one of the fifty states. This week we’re talking about five of the outstanding organizations working in communities across the state of Oklahoma. 

Keep reading to learn a little bit more about the ways unique ways these organizations are serving their communities and providing opportunities to learn and grow to Oklahomans.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Why Nonprofit Accounting Matters


This guest post was submitted by our friends at Jitasa. Charity Navigator works with Jitasa, the largest national bookkeeping and accounting service provider in the nonprofit sector.

Many people believe accounting is simply making sure revenue and expenses are entered and the checkbook is balanced on a regular basis to ensure you don’t run out of cash. While this may be the case for some people’s personal finances, the world of business accounting is much more complex, with even more unique requirements placed on nonprofit organizations (NPO).


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Remembering 9/11


Every Tuesday, Charity Navigator publishes a new Top 10 lists featuring ten highly-rated organizations working on a particular cause or issue. Today, we’re taking a break from that format to remember the seventeenth anniversary of September 11. 

We have created a list of 5 highly-rated organizations that continue to honor the memory of those who lost their lives on that day, support their children and families, and provide for the long-term medical and mental health care needs of those who served so selflessly in the hours, days, and weeks following the attacks on September 11. 

Please keep reading to learn more about these important organizations.