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Friday, August 28, 2015

Big Thanks from New Orleans to You

by Mariah G. Ross

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast, seriously devastating New Orleans. Had it not been for American donors, this natural disaster could have left large populations throughout the Gulf Coast without the basic, crucial resources for an extended period of time. By September 15th, American donors had given $580 million to support relief efforts, and the outpouring of financial support, as well as volunteer efforts, by no means stopped there (for more information, see our 2006 report on Hurricane Katrina).

Ten years have passed since the storm, and the efforts of non-profits are evident throughout the Gulf. #xoxonpo is a campaign started by four nonprofits based in New Orleans who acknowledge that real change would not have taken place in New Orleans without the tireless work of non-profits, dedication of volunteers, and commitment of donors.

Radio stations, television networks, nonprofits, and local leaders are rallying behind the campaign. Albert Ruesga, CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, remarked, “I feel like crying, thinking about the outpouring of generosity that continues to come, and it has from all parts of the world. It’s been spectacular.” The four charities that started #xoxonpo produced a short video expressing their gratitude, which can be viewed here.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Can You Relate?

“I’d been making charitable donations all my life, but not always responsibly.” 

Read the story about how one donor fine-tune her charitable contributions after learning about Charity Navigator's free ratings.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Announcing the Completion of Phase I of Results Reporting

As you may know, Charity Navigator has made a commitment to include Results Reporting metrics in our system for evaluating charities. We began collecting data towards that effort in 2013. And as of last month, our team of analysts collected Results Reporting data for over 3,000 charities! Given this significant sample size, our staff is excited to announce that we are ready to proceed with the next phase in our developmental approach to implementing Results Reporting - that is analyzing the data collected and reexamining our approach.

Users of our site will be happy to know that as a by-product of the work our team has done on Results Reporting, we are now able to provide additional data to those who seek out charities to support. Specifically, starting this month, each charity we rate has a new Program tab which displays a list of its largest programs.

Visit our site to learn more about our plans to enhance our rating system, the phases of Results Reporting implementation and to see an example of a new Program tab.  

Saturday, August 8, 2015

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: 1 Year Anniversary

Last summer, more than 17 million people took the #IceBucketChallenge and subsequently helped raise more than $100 million for ALS related charities. Find out how the various charities on the receiving end of all that generosity have made plans to use those funds towards ALS research, advocacy and patient care.

Read the Full Report

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Charity Navigator Hires Michael Thatcher as CEO

We are excited to announce that Charity Navigator's board of directors has approved the appointment of Michael Thatcher as president and chief executive officer. Mr. Thatcher joins our organization with a successful track record as a technology executive with a reputation for achieving desired results and a passion for using technology as a tool to advance social good.
Read the Full Announcement