At Charity Navigator, we believe that there are three components to making a wise philanthropic investment. First, a philanthropist must determine whether the charity is financially healthy. Second, they should review the charity’s accountability and transparency practices. Third, they need to assess the charity’s results (a sustained change for the better for people and communities who receive services).
By the end of this summer, our star ratings will take into account the first two dimensions. And, in the not-too-distant future, we plan to add the results dimension. Stay tuned.