Saturday, February 27, 2010
Most officials predict that the destruction and loss of life will not be as extensive as it was in Haiti, but the area will probably need some assistance from international charities. At this point in time, we know that the following charities are planning to provide some sort of aid in Chile:
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
This article in the New York Post proves our point- that it can be risky to invest your disaster giving in a new charity. In this instance, the people that were supposed to benefit from one Katrina fund said "we never got a dime." Remember this example as you make your donations to groups assisting in Haiti.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
At Charity Navigator we recognize that charities do need to ask for support and that many charities do so in a respectful way. But, there are still some that send too many appeals. So, we encourage donors to contact their favorite charities and share their preferences for receiving appeals. This can lead to a win-win situation in which the charity spends less on fundraising and the donor feels respected as evident by the following donor's comment:
"At the end of every year I sort out the many envelopes from organizations asking for money, and the ones that send the most spam usually don't get any of my dollars. I know that Americares uses their dollars pretty well, but I did complain about the number of pleas I received, and they not only cut them down to one or two a year, but I now am contacted by phone by one particular person in the organization once or twice a year. It makes gift giving much more personal, and I don't have to wade through their paperwork!"
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
- $8 million to Oxfam America
- $8 million to Partners in Health
- $6 million to American Red Cross
- $6 million to UNICEF
- $6 million to United Nations World Food Program
- $1 million to Yele Haiti Foundation
A second round of funding will be allocated in May. That grant money will support rebuilding efforts. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is expected to receive some of that money.
Monday, February 8, 2010
When the earthquake hit Haiti and news organizations began reporting on the charities responding, we at Charity Navigator were surprised that so many news outlets were recommending donors give to Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation. Yes, a celebrity founded the charity, but does that automatically make it worthy of your support? This charity is a relatively new organization and it has no experience dealing with a disaster of this magnitude. As we say in our tips, charities that haven’t done this type of work before, even those with the best intentions, will have a hard time providing efficient and effective aid. We’re not the only skeptics of this group as New York Times Philanthropy reporter Stephanie Strom points out in her article about Yele Haiti.
After the Haiti earthquake last month, we immediately began posting tips to help donors avoid scams. We knew from Hurricane Katrina that whenever there is a massive outpouring of generosity, there is also an outpouring of scam artists who attempt to steal well-meaning donors’ identity and money. USA Today’s Peter Eisler reports that the FBI has already received 170 complaints about Haiti fundraising scams. His article includes several warnings that all donors need to keep in mind.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Super Bowl 44 will be played this Sunday with the New Orleans Saints taking on the Indianapolis Colts. Many people with gather together that day to sit and relax in front of the TV and watch the game. The Super Bowl of course is a huge day for advertisements and many enjoy watching the commercials more than the game. This year it has been reported that a 30 second commercial aired during the Super Bowl costs $3 million.
A recent article that Charity Navigator was quoted in asks "what if an ad was run to promote charitable giving or what if that $3 million was given to a charity instead of to CBS?"
In fact, Pepsi will not be running an ad for the first time in 23 years and instead they will be pledging $20 million in grants to a social media campaign.
Just some "extra" food for thought as you watch the game and eat your Buffalo Wings! Enjoy the game....and the commercials too!
If this inspires you to want to give more of your time, then check out Charity Navigator's Guide To Volunteering.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The Hobbs Foundation believes in the importance of bringing accountability and transparency to the philanthropic sector. According to Russ Hobbs, president of the Hobbs Foundation, “Charity Navigator’s evaluations not only help donors make better informed decisions, but also benefit charities by shining the lights on the most effective children’s organizations. We are thrilled to be able to support the philanthropic community through our partnership with Charity Navigator.”
And what a partnership! Thanks to funding from the Hobbs Foundation, we’ve added 20 charities to our site this month and more than 125 charities since our relationship began in 2004. It is a pleasure to work with a foundation that is as committed to educating and encouraging donors to give generously as we are.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
President Obama's latest budget (for fiscal 2011) includes the controversial proposal of lowering the amount those in the highest tax brackets can deduct for charitable contributions. As you probably remember, this idea was floated last year and was met with great resistance from many in the non-profit community. Charity Navigator President, Ken Berger, was quoted in regards to this issue on CNN last year. As the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports, this policy coupled with the increase in overall tax brackets, will cause the wealthy to have to pay more in taxes while at the same time getting less of a benefit from their charitable giving.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Our February 1st update includes new evaluations for over 350 charities, including Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Concern Worldwide US, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Bridges for Peace, the Fistula Foundation, and Heart Support of America.
In cooperation with the Hobbs Foundation, we have also added 20 charities to our website that benefit children in need that are located in the South.
As always, our latest Top 10 lists are available to view as well.If you have not done so already, be sure to sign up for our free, monthly, email newsletters so that you can automatically be notified about our updates.
It is also expected that while individual donations will now begin to slow down, donations from corporations will continue to come in and add to the totals.
Also noted, was that the American Red Cross has brought in $29 million through phone text donations. That amount is significant when comparing it to the $200,000 that was received via text in the 2008 hurricane season.