Friday, July 31, 2009
If you are troubled by this development, then you may want to consider not just supporting California's park system, but other parks across the country. The following video, about National Parks and Recreation Month, provides about some financially healthy charities dedicated to preserving our parks.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
- Amy McGuire Porter, Executive Director, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
"Here's how I used [Charity Navigator]. First, I examined the charities to which we donate now, many of which ranked poorly. Next, I looked at your categories and chose the ones that best match our values. Using your superb data, I was able to narrow down the overwhelming number of charities to the specific ones we want to support. Then, I allocated the total we could afford to give among the causes. This research took a lot of time but the result is a godsend. I now have a planned approach to donating. Now when I receive mail solicitations, I just toss those that don't match and open only those that do. No more feeling guilty. No more agonizing over heart-rending appeals. Eureka!"
- Charity Navigator User
"When I read the list of newly rated charities I recognized several from which I receive repeated phone calls asking for donations. Your listings add to my ability to resist the tearful pleas for disabled deputy sheriffs or whatever. The 0-star charities are the ones inundating phones and mail boxes with their solicitations. You are doing private donors a very great service by listing them warts and all."
- Charity Navigator User
"When an outside organization like [Charity Navigator] rates you, it gives the individual donor a reliable source from which to make a judgment about us."
- H. Dennis Smith, Executive Director, Northern Illinois Food Bank
Visit our site to read more comments from donors and charities.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Wow!--we would like to thank the 225+ Charity Navigator site visitors who have thus far responded so generously to our asking our users to help support our services. We are most grateful for your willingness to step up to the plate to help. If everyone who pays us a visit contributed just $1, we could easily and comfortably meet our annual budget. But, of course, not everyone does--so, to those of you who have so graciously made a contribution, we cannot thank you enough. Want to help but haven't as yet? Click here.
On another note, and in the interest of total transparency, Charity Navigator's latest IRS Form 990 filing (and filings from the two prior years) as well as our audited financial statements are available on the site. You can link to them here. For future reference, they can be accessed by clicking on the About Us tab at the top of the home page and scrolling down to the Financials link in the left column.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
When faced with a choice between up to $4,500 towards a new car and the tax benefit of donating your car to charity, charities are concerned that consumers are more likely to choose the cash, further hurting charities that rely on automobile donations to stay afloat. While the program has been restricted to only the most inefficient vehicles, specifically with the impact on charities in mind, it may be too much in this time of economic difficulty.
If you are considering donating your car to charity, we suggest you read Charity Navigator’s Guide To Donating Your Car for tips on this subject.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Registration is $65 and includes breakfast, lunch and a copy of Adubato’s latest book. For more information or to register, please contact Ilene Kleinman at (201) 447-7160 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, July 24, 2009
As previously discussed in this blog, arts charities often suffer worse than other types of nonprofits during a recession. As such, it wasn't surprising to see that the most recent listing includes many cultural groups like the Philadelphia Orchestra and Skylight Opera Theater. But it was troubling to see that the list even includes large, well-known funders like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
For more information on this great opportunity contact Adam Strominger (212.204.4249 or email email@example.com) or click here.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Top Small Towns
- 4-star rated Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, Flatirons Habitat for Humanity and Western Resource Advocates are among the 15 charities rated by Charity Navigator that are located near the #1 Best Place to Live, Louisville, CO.
- Chanhassen, MN, voted 2nd Best Place to Live, is home to 4-star charities Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners and Children's HeartLink.
- Charity Navigator rates 20 charities that are within a few miles of #3 Papillion, NE, including 4-star charities Omaha Symphony and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska.
- 4-star charities Santa Monica Baykeeper and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network are two of the 11 charities we rate that are located near Hermosa Beach, CA which earned the distinction as the #1 best place for the rich and single.
- Arlington, VA, the second best city for the rich and single, is home to nearly 40 of the charities we've rated.
- Beautiful Coronado, CA comes in third on this list. Our database contains 18 charities located close to Coronado including the newly rated Invisible Children.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
On the first issue of charity care, Ken noted that "the average nonprofit hospital in many parts of the country, the amount of charity care they provide is abysmal, it's like 2.5 percent, and you're considered the best in your class. What that tells us is that there's something profoundly wrong with the current definition of what it's acceptable to do to be defined as a nonprofit hospital."
As for pay, Ken pointed out that among the largest of the 5,400 charities rated by Charity Navigator the average CEO compensation is about $250,000. He said, "I can't buy the arguments that there aren't some doctors out there who would be willing to do this work for less than millions and millions of dollars."
You can learn more about these topics by reading Ken’s blog post Rip-off Non-profit Hospitals.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
“We spent the last year asking ourselves, “Where do we want to be in 2015?” And that led to this analysis of our priorities. How are we going to measure our success? What should our goals be? … It was this massive, from-the-ground-up inclusive process that just got everyone aligned with our priorities and goals.”
Charity Navigator recently met with Matthew Kramer, Chief Program Officer and President at TFA – a charity that has earned seven consecutive four star ratings. While discussing program outcome tracking within the non-profit world, we had the opportunity to learn about TFA’s current approach and were impressed with TFA’s model system. You can watch a video footage of the interview here.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
FreeFest, hosted by Virgin Mobile, has set aside over 3,000 tickets and is giving them to fans who have volunteered time helping the homeless. Thirteen hours of service at select homeless organizations gets a VIP pass; eight hours earns general admission. And those who already have tickets are being asked to donate $5. Blink 182, Weezer, Franz Ferdinand, Jet, Public Enemy, to name a few, are some of the artists expected to perform.
If you can’t make the concert but want to volunteer, take a look at our Guide to Volunteering for tips and information. Also, take a look at this list of highly rated charities that serve the homeless.
Another innovative organizations coupling charitable giving and concerts is Tickets-for-Charity. Tickets-for-Charity works directly with artists, management, venues and promoters to make high-demand live event seats available at face value plus a separate donation directed to partner charities. They currently partner with more than 30 highly-respected charities nationwide including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, CARE, Feeding America, and United Way of America.
Monday, July 13, 2009
David Arquette, mostly known for his role in the movie "Scream" and as the spouse of Actress Courteney Cox, will be living in a plexiglass box for two days as a fundraiser for Feeding America. Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. The box David will be living in will be above the Madison Square Garden marquee in New York City. The goal is to raise $250,000 for the organization while he lives in the box this Tuesday and Wednesday.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
A recent study by the Foundation Center, in cooperation with the Women’s Funding Network, has found that foundation giving to women’s and girl’s causes has outpaced general foundation giving. Most of this giving is done via so-called women’s funds, which are explained as “grant making entities that seek out and invest in women-led organizations and programs that are building solutions to core challenges in communities”. According to the study, between 1990 and 2006, foundation giving to women’s causes rose 223 percent (adjusted for inflation). In contrast, during the same time period, overall foundation giving increased 177 percent.
Charity Navigator rates many organizations whose primary focus is on women and girls. If you want to get in on the trend, and research some of these charities, you can find our ratings for them on our website by clicking here.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Former NFL great Jim Brown took on Tiger Woods saying he does not do enough when it comes to "social change." In a recent interview, Jim Brown stated that when it comes to "social change" Tiger woods is "terrible." Tiger rebutted the claim by pointing to the work of the Tiger Woods Foundation and how many kids the Foundation assists through grants and scholarships. How do you feel about this dust up? Do you believe that powerful celebrities should be held to a higher standard when it comes to their philanthropic activities?
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Jackson gave millions to various charities over the years. He reportedly made the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000 for the highest number of charities supported by a pop star. A song he co-wrote with Lionel Richie, titled “We Are the World,” sold 20 million copies and generated millions of dollars for global famine relief. According to a USA Today article, Jackson supported a variety of individual organizations as well, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society. You can see an expanded list of charities that Jackson supported here.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
To help you give with confidence to military and veteran-related charities this 4th of July, our site includes a hot topic and an article which highlight the highest and lowest-rated of these charities.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
After years of being closed to the public, Lady Liberty's crown is slated to reopen this Independence Day. While the base of the iconic statue has remained open to visitors, trips to the crown were halted due to security concerns after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Some Say the decision to reopen the crown represents greater confidence in our national security. Others are simply looking forward to seeing the outstanding view from the top.
Whatever the reason for making the trip, both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island require plenty of attention to keep them preserved for future generations and safe for visitors. If you'd like to be a part of preserving these American landmarks, consider making a contribution to the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
- 10 Celebrity-Related Charities
- 10 Charities Worth Watching
- 10 Inefficient Fundraisers
- 10 Slam-Dunk Charities
- 10 Super-Sized Charities
- The first, is Invisible Children which earned our highest 4-star rating. This charity's efforts to increase the awareness about the 20-year-long war on the children of Northern Uganda has garnered it significant media attention (check out videos from their coverage by Larry King and Oprah). In fact, you might have seen this charity in the news just last week when it hosted a two-day lobbying campaign in DC.
- In elementary school, I remember having to rifle through musty smelling hard cover encyclopedias to write my reports. Today, when we need to look something up in an encyclopedia the vast majority of us simply access Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. The newly rated 3-star Wikimedia Foundation is the charity behind this very popular site.