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The team from Charity Navigator, the nation's largest independent charity evaluator and leading donor advocate, shares their thoughts on emerging nonprofit-sector issues and offers tips to better inform your intelligent giving decisions.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Join the Charity Navigator Team

Charity Navigator has an immediate opening for a Web Application Developer and an Associate Program Analyst in our suburban Northern New Jersey office. 

Visit our site to learn more about these opportunities. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

API Partnership Spotlight: KindCards


The service sends virtual charity cards. The sender picks the amount to donate and the recipient gets to choose a charity. They're using Charity Navigator's API to power the charity selection. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

New eBook Features Chapter by Charity Navigator CEO

A new eBook, released just this week, captures the discussion and debate around how to improve the nonprofit sector’s system for generating, sharing, and acting on data and information.  Markets for Good Selected Readings: Making Sense of Data and Information in the Social Sector includes 17 chapters, including one from Ken Berger, Charity Navigator's President & CEO, in which he lays out his bodacious dream for the nonprofit sector. 

To find out what that dream is, download the free, eBook now.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief Update

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines over two months ago, causing widespread damage and destruction across the archipelago nation. The Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has reported that as of January 13th, 2014:
  • 6,190 individuals reported dead, 28,626 injured, and 1,785 missing
  • 16,078,181 people affected and 4,095,280 displaced
  • 1,140,332 houses damaged

Charities continue to focus on meeting the emergency needs of the survivors by providing clean water, food rations, temporary shelter, and medical care. Many are now beginning the recovery and reconstruction phase, helping the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan rebuild their lives and homes. One of the main challenges for affected communities is the impact of the typhoon on their jobs and livelihoods. Charities are working with local markets to restore their capacities and stimulate sustained economic growth. Recovery efforts include providing fishing boats and farm tools to affected coastal and agricultural communities, giving cash grants to small businesses, building permanent medical facilities, and clearing wreckage from irrigation channels and farmlands.

Charities are also working toward reducing disaster risks in the Philippines by implementing disaster preparedness programs. The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, experiencing an average of twenty typhoons per year. In addition, because of its high incidence of poverty (approximately two out of every five people earn less than $2 per day), a large portion of the population is more likely to be hard-hit when a natural disaster strikes. Disaster preparedness programs in poor regions can save lives and prevent families from falling into deeper poverty during future disasters.

The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan has fallen out of the media’s spotlight, but the massive relief effort will take years to complete. Charities have played a significant role in keeping families alive in the days immediately following the typhoon, but continue to seek financial support to rebuild the affected communities. We encourage donors interested in supporting those affected to visit our list of charities assisting with Typhoon Haiyan relief. Donors should visit the website and/or contact the charity directly to find out more about what type of aid the charity is providing. Charity Navigator also maintains a list of 4-star charities that work in the Philippines on our Interactive World Map.

Monday, January 13, 2014

New Year, New App!

Charity Navigator now has a mobile app for everyone!

1) iPhone 

2) Android 

And last month we also launched a mobile site.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Charitable Giving - Results from 2013 & Predictions for 2014

Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio and Atlas of Giving are hosting a review of 2013 U.S. fundraising and  discussing the forecast for 2014.
Charity Navigator's very own Ken Berger will also be participating in the conversation. 
Follow the live stream on Jan 21 at 10 am EST.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Webinar on Constituent Voice

The 3rd dimension of our rating system looks at Results Reporting. And one of the 5 elements that make up Results Reporting is Constituent  Voice. Specifically, this element assesses whether and how well a charity collects and publishes feedback from it primary constituents. 

The following upcoming FREE webinar is a great opportunity for nonprofit professionals at charities rated by Charity Navigator to learn more about CV and  how to put in place a formal process for gathering constituents' input.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Chart a Course for Giving in2014

Charity Navigator's Top 5 tips for charting the best course for your 2014 philanthropic endeavors.

1.First, determine what causes are most important to you.

2.Next, develop a list of charities engaged in that type of work.

3.Then, using Charity Navigator’s free website, narrow that list to just a few that are financially healthy and accountable and transparent.

4.Check on the charity's results by calling or visiting its website. Use our new Results Reporting methodology as a guideline.

5.Finally, map out a plan and budget for the year (consider setting aside some money for disaster giving), then let the organization(s) know your intentions. Knowing your plan helps the charity keep its fundraising expenses at a minimum while focusing on the programs you intended to support in the first place.