Monday, November 30, 2009
The film shows how an international drug donation program by Merck, using the drug Mectizan, is helping cure this disease. Along the way the Two Parrot videographers taped the flies biting humans and also showed what the Lions Club members are doing to educate the community to eradicate this disease from the country.
According to Bill Kizorek, "this was a little on the scary side. At one point I asked where I could find some of these flies to film, and the guy standing next to me pulled up his pant leg and had SIX of the flies sucking blood from his calf! I was grateful to be wearing ExOfficio pants with Insect Shield to deter similar gnawing on my own skin." -by Bill Kizorek, senior partner,Two Parrot Productions
Why did we invite Bill Kizorek to do another blog entry for Charity Navigator? Because we helped match up Two Parrot with several of the charities who eventually benefited from their grants and many of our blog readers enjoyed their first guest posting.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Harvest Hope Food Bank
Ozarks Food Harvest
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
- Our 1,000+ friends on Facebook Causes! We're especially grateful for those fans that have donated.
- The tens of thousands of donors who have already donated to the 5,500 charities we rate, this year, using Network for Good's giving program. And we're really thankful for those donors who in processing their gift have also given a few dollars to us in appreciation for our research.
- To the many new and existing donors who have directly contributed to us this year.
- Our 2500+ followers on Twitter.
- The reporters who write about nonprofits.
- The millions of donors who have used our site to make informed giving choices.
- Our 100,000 newsletter subscribers.
- The thousands of charities that get our highest ratings.
- And of course, all the readers of our blogs: Charity Navigator Blog & Ken's Commentary).
Monday, November 23, 2009
First, taking a cue from some lesson plans I found online, I introduced the word philanthropy. We talked about how it means to share your time, talent and treasures for the common good. All the kids got a chance to answer the question “I’m going to be a philanthropist because I’m going to …” They did a great job and had some thoughtful answers.
Next, I read them the book Strega Nona’s Harvest. One of the characters builds a secret garden and anonymously donates the vegetables he grows to Strega Nona. She doesn’t know what to do with all the extra food. When she finds out that everyone else in town had a poor crop yield, she decides to have a feast and feed all her neighbors. The kids like the story.
After that, we made harvest goodie bags. We filled them with candy, stickers, notepads, crayons and small toys. I told the kids that the bags were for kids in our community that didn’t have enough food, like the people in the story. And that when these kids and their families go to the local food bank this Thanksgiving, that they’d get our goodie bags as an extra treat. We decided that we’d donate our creations to the 4-star charity, Homeless Solutions.
Before I left, I gave the teacher some handouts to stick in each kid’s backpack. I found the activity pages on a site called, Learning to Give. I especially like the “share, save, spend” inspired piggy bank that the kids can make themselves. If I get invited back, then this would be a fun project to do with the kids.
But enough about my experience, how about you? How have you taught young people about giving back?
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Watch the video below to learn more about the professor's research.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
For more details and to register, click here.
Here are some quotes from Part 1:
We continue to be anxious about Foundation giving and the lack of multi-year commitments that new initiatives require. On individual giving, we remain optimistic.~Jeremy Kohomban, Ph.D., President and CEO, The Children’s Village
I believe that if an organization has a good mission and a good story to tell, then it will weather the storm. It takes aggressive planning and a dedicated staff now to position the organization for the future so it’s ready when the economy does rebound. ~Susan Paresky, Senior Vice President, Development, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & The Jimmy Fund
We agree that it will take a couple of years to see people giving again as in the past. In fact, we believe there is a “new reality”, meaning that it won’t ever be as it once was. That due to actual losses and setbacks, or due to paralysis by fear, that the donor public will not be giving as they once did. Smaller gifts, designated purposes, and higher scrutiny will be the new rule.~Curtis Hail, President, e3 Partners Ministry
The second part of the conversation, which discuss the characteristics of a high performing charity, will be accessible on our site in December.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Users of Charity Navigator, and just about anyone opening their mailbox around now, know that requests for charitable donations soar at the end of the year. Why? There are three main reasons.
- The religious nature of the holidays inspire people to help those who are less fortunate.
- Taxpayers need to make their donations by December 31 to qualify for a tax deduction in this calendar year.
- As the year comes to a close, people look at their personal budgets and determine how much money they have for their charitable interests.
That said, we are fearful that giving will continue to be down this holiday season as it was last year. The recession has hindered many people's ability to support their favorite charities resulting in the biggest drop in charitable giving in the last fifty years. Even if the economy improves, it will likely take many months for charitable giving to rebound.
Thankfully, Shelly Banjo over at the Wall Street Journal has some smart ideas for how you can still afford to give in this down economy.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Special Operations Warrior Foundation
Fisher House Foundation
National Military Family Association
Homes for Our Troops
This Veterans Day you are probably also thinking about the recent outburst of violence at Ft. Hood. If so, then you may want to make a gift to the 4-star charity Operation Homefront which has established a fund to help the families impacted by the tragedy at Ft. Hood.
For more ratings for charities that Support Our Troops, please visit the Hot Topics portion of our site.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
- Saturday, November 07, 2009 - 11:48 AM EST
- Saturday, November 07, 2009 - 5:23 PM EST
- Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 1:20 AM EST
- Monday, November 16, 2009 - 9:11 AM EST
- Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 2:18 AM EST
- Dish Network 1000 platform, channels 296 & 9408
- Coaxial Cable TV (Edinboro PA) channel 8
- Visit www.StarfishTV.org, click “Watch Live”
- Visit www.ZapMyTV.com
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
New Jersey Nets to say a resounding thanks to one lucky donor. Everyone who donates $50 or more between now and December 10 will automatically be entered to win 4 tickets (valued at $700!) to a New Jersey Nets game (click here for details). Tough times demand smarter giving--that's why Charity Navigator is more important than ever and why we're asking for your support. Thank You!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Explore the Giving Guide:
- Charity Navigator's Holiday Giving Tips
- Roundtable Discussion with Nonprofit Professionals
Part 1: How charities are coping in these challenging times
- Highest and Lowest Rated Charity in Each Cause
- Holiday Giving Factoids
Monday, November 2, 2009
Discussion topics may include:
- educating our Boards about realistic fundraising expectations in this economic climate
- developing budget contingencies for the long haul
- using the combined, proactive power of nonprofits to leverage joint purchasing
- figuring out how to combine resources for "back office" operations
- other topics of your choice
Course Leader: Ken Berger, Charity Navigator
Registration Fee: Free
Level: Intermediate, Advanced
For more information contact The Volunteer Center of Bergen County's Non-Profit Training and Resource Center: 64 Passaic Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601 201-489-9454, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bergenvolunteers.org.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
A new book reveals that those who are wealthy and donate 10% or more of their income build a higher net worth and are happier than other wealthy people. The book was written by Thomas J. Stanley based on a survey of over 900 millionaires. A recent article about the book, explains that Mr. Stanley says the most generous wealthy donors "are the least enamored with status. They have a small house and a big heart." It seems that the sample of the most wealthy who give, get more out of acquiring wealth and donating a good portion of that wealth rather than just spending their money on luxury items. So it seems donating and helping other does make one feel good!