In 2001, Pat and Marion Dugan were interested in significantly increasing their charitable giving. As remains the case today, they were witnessing reports of scandals at a variety of local and national charities. Since many of these charities were household names that people assumed did good work, they concluded that they needed an independent and objective source of information to rely upon when making their giving decisions. But the information was not readily available. So, in 2001, they decided to create an unbiased source of information that would assist not just their needs, but also charitable givers throughout the nation with every type of charitable interest.
To the benefit of donors everywhere, their vision continues to grow. In fact, in the years since its founding, Charity Navigator has grown to become the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities!
Learn more about the founders of Charity Navigator.