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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.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Trending Topics in Charitable Giving

Support Our Troops
If you are passionate about helping veterans, injured military personnel and their families, then consult our list of military-related charities before you write a check.

 Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday!
 #GivingTuesday is a simple idea. All you need to do is find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving. Then tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Follow These Five Tips to Maximize the Impact of Your Holiday Donations

Thanksgiving to New Year's is the biggest time of year for charitable giving. If you are among the millions of Americans who plan to give this holiday season, then be sure to follow our 5 steps to ensure you make the most of your year-end giving.

Top 5 Tips For Maximizing Year-End Donations

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Make Your Donation Go Further

Did you know you have the power to double or even triple your donation to Charity Navigator? We are partnering with Double the Donation to make it possible for you to garner matching gifts from your employer.  But, we cant do it without you.  

Here's how to make your donation go further.
  1. Make a donation to Charity Navigator.
  2. Once you donation is complete, you will be prompted to provide your employer's name which will give you instant access to information about it's matching gifts program. 
  3. You can also go directly to our donation page  and enter your employer's name in the Double the Donation form or use the tool below to see if your company matches gifts.  If you find your employer's name there, you will find information on how to apply for the matching gift. 
A matching gift can be applied to almost any gift made with the current calendar year so inquire today!  

To learn more about the magic of matching gifts, click here or contact our staff with any questions or for help in applying for the matching gift.  

Thanks for your support!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

On the run this holiday season? No problem. We've got you covered.

For many of us, the holiday season is the busiest time of the year. From decorating, to shopping, to visiting friends and family, our “to-do” lists runneth over. It is also the time of year we feel most altruistic and motivated to give back. So how are you supposed to find the time to find a worthy cause to support?

Get it on Google PlayNever fear, Charity Navigator is here with a new, updated app designed to take the hassle out of holiday donating. 
Make the most of your time while on the road to grandma’s house or while waiting on line at the store and use our app to quickly identify highly-rated charities that match your philanthropic interest. Now you really have no excuse not to do your research to ensure the charities you support this year-end are on the ‘nice’ and not the ‘naughty’ list


Friday, November 14, 2014

How to go About Providing Holiday Meals to the Less Fortunate

Of all the festivities associated with the winter holidays, the one thing many people look forward to most is the big holiday meal. Whether it’s turkey on Thanksgiving, a Christmas ham, or a pot roast at a Hanukah dinner, food is indelibly intertwined with our holiday celebrations.

Before you donate to a charity promising to provide holiday meals, check out our three tips to ensure that most of your donation is covering the cost of a  meal programs and not the expensive advertisements used to promote these programs.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Would You Donate if Only 16 Cents of Every Dollar Went to Veterans?

Check out this report by KXAN-TV which investigates how much money one for-profit telemarketer keeps and how little the donations it collects end up helping veterans. This is exactly why you should HANG UP THE PHONE when you get these calls! Instead, be proactive in finding great charities supporting the military, veterans and their families and give directly

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Donating Appreciated Assets

Year-end giving will be in full swing in just a few weeks. And a recent article in The Des Moines Register did a good job explaining the benefits of donating appreciated assets. The article sums it up with the following example:

Let's say Scott is in the 25 percent federal tax bracket and has $5,000 in appreciated stock he wants to donate. If he sells the stock and donates the proceeds from the sale, he will only end up donating $4,250. The other $750 is used to pay long-term capital-gains taxes at the 15 percent rate. Plus, even though Scott sold $5,000 worth of stock, he can only deduct $4,250.

Instead, if Scott donates the shares directly to the charity, there are no capital-gains taxes, and he can deduct the full $5,000. Even better, the charity will not have to pay any capital-gains taxes when it sells the donated stock.
Visit our site for more information about the Tax Benefits of Giving

Car Donation Charity Spends More on its Operations Than Veterans

Fox 4 in Kansas City recently ran this segment about a 'charity,' called Carshelpingvets.org, that spends the vast majority of what it takes in on running its operations... not on veterans in need. Sadly, just as the leader of this organization points out in the segment, it isn't unusual for a car donation charity to be woefully inefficient. So, before you donate your car, check out our tips to ensure your gift enriches a charity and not the middleman.