Tuesday, August 30, 2011
In our recent blog about the charities created post 9/11, we mentioned a report that "uncovered schemes beset with shady dealings, questionable expenses and dubious intentions." Now comes word that investigations into 9/11 charities have been launched in NY and Arizona. The investigations are looking into "whether they failed to follow state laws — and may have misspent millions intended to help and honor those affected by the terrorist attacks."
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Monday, August 29, 2011
How can you help? By supporting one of these charities:
- American Red Cross
- Direct Relief International
- Habitat for Humanity
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- PetSmart Charities
- The Humane Society of the United States
Photo Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Friday, August 26, 2011
New charities were also established in the weeks and months that followed the attacks. The IRS fast-tracked the approval of more than 300 new charities related to 9/11. But not all of these groups, from scholarship funds to programs designed to help families of the victims, still exist ten years later, demonstrating just how hard it is to start and maintain a new charity – no matter how worthy the cause. In fact, a 2006 study reported that of the 300 fast-track charities, 38 had closed and 1/3 couldn’t be located. And, sadly, one recent report on 9/11 charities "uncovered schemes beset with shady dealings, questionable expenses and dubious intentions."
Many of those that continue to exist have done so by rethinking their missions and the way in which they solicit support from the public. One September 11th related charity that is still operating is 9/11 Day. This group asks that we observe the anniversary by doing good and they’ve partnered with groups, like the Points of Light Institute, to help you volunteer. On our site you can check up on some of the 9/11 charities (a lot of the new ones created after 9/11 never grew large enough to qualify for our rating system) and you can also commemorate the anniversary by simply donating to a charity of any kind.
9-11 Tribute in Lights 2010 Photowalk, 9-11-2010 Tribute in Lights at 12:15am from Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, © 2010 Kamau Z Akabueze
9/11 Memorial Floating Lanterns, At Pier 40, New Yorkers gathered for an interfaith memorial to commemorate 9/11. The evening culminated in the floating of paper lanterns with messages from New Yorkers written on them.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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Monday, August 15, 2011
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Thursday, August 11, 2011
I’ve been a fundraiser for a long time—with a variety of nonprofits both large and small. In all the years I’ve been doing this, no donors in my experience have been more forthcoming in their praise for the work of the organization than all of you who support Charity Navigator. We are humbled and grateful for the many kind words and kudos you give our service—thanks for letting us know we make a difference! You spur us on to “keep up the good work”. And so we shall.
Keep those cards and notes coming! You inspire us! And, as always, we are so grateful for your financial support.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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Monday, August 8, 2011
Watch this short video about ETOLUTION 2011, a conference for nonprofit professionals looking to discover the secrets of high-performance charities. Charity Navigator’s own President & CEO, Ken Berger, will presenting at this conference.
Be sure to go register now before they run out of tickets.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
"This short book is a great starting point for understanding the importance of nonprofits managing to outcomes. It also has a great list of resources to take you further down the road, as well as a number of short chapters by some early adopters and experts in the field. You can get the book for just a couple of bucks”
The book also highlights the work of two of Charity Navigator’s friends – David Bonbright and Dr. Robert Penna. You may recall that Dr. Penna has also recently published a book on this topic, The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox (with a Foreword by Ken Berger). And David Bonbright, founder and Chief Executive of Keystone Accountability, is helping us develop methodology to rate charity’s reporting of results (CN 3.0).
And if you’re not sold yet, check out this video introduction to the book.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Be Careful Of Sound-Alike Names
Concentrate Your Giving
Hang Up The Phone / Eliminate The Middleman
How many of these ‘best practices’ can you honestly say you follow as a donor?