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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, March 31, 2015

What was the inspiration to create Charity Navigator?

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.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Are You Maximizing Your Charitable Donation Deductions?

With April 15 approaching, you should know how much you can deduct, what types of
 contributions are deductible and how to best itemize deductions on your income taxes. Check out our tips now for help in answering these important questions.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cyclone Pam: How to Support the Relief Efforts in Vanuatu

On March 13, Tropical Cyclone Pam hit the island nation of Vanuatu as a Category 5 storm. Initial reports indicate that 3,300 people were displaced by the storm and nearly a dozen were killed. Besides the immediately relief efforts, officials are warning of a serious food shortage in the coming months as crops were  destroyed in the storm.

Given the significant damage to the infrastructure combined with the remoteness of the country, charities are finding it challenging to provide immediate relief. But we've been able to identify the following highly-rated charities that are either on the ground already or are working to launch a response. 

But before you give:
  1. Determine what it is that you want your donation to accomplish and be sure to select the charity offering that specific type of aid. To do that, simply click on the charity’s name and view its rating page (where you can learn about its Financial Health, Accountability & Transparency). Once you are satisfied with its rating, then you can jump to the charity’s website (we link to each charity’s site from its ratings page) to learn more specifically about the type of assistance the charity is providing in relation to Typhoon Pam.
  2. Review our Crisis Giving Tips to ensure your donations do the most good.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Come Make A Difference With Us

Regardless of your professional background or industry expertise, when you make the decision to work at Charity Navigator, you're embarking on a career path which impacts the entire philanthropic sector.

If you want to grow personally and professionally, and make a difference, then we invite you to explore your career options with Charity Navigator.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Workshop for Nonprofit Leaders in NYC

Join Charity Navigator and Marks Paneth LLP For a Complimentary Breakfast Seminar

This seminar will address the financial, governance, compliance and reputational risk-related issues every nonprofit must carefully monitor to ensure financial stability, operational sustainability and reporting transparency for key stakeholders. The speakers will also discuss the notable qualities of high-performing nonprofits that meet their mission most effectively.

When: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 
 Registration and Networking Breakfast – 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. ET Program – 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ET 

Where: Marks Paneth LLP 
685 Third Avenue (Enter on 44th St.) 3rd Floor New York, NY 10017

Thursday, March 5, 2015

What is DAF Direct and How does it Make Giving Easier?

Have you heard of DAF Direct

Well, you should have because >900 charities have taken advantage of this technology since it was first offered in April 2013.  

What is it? It is the only tool that allows donors to initiate a grant recommendation from their Donor Advised Fund while on a charity's website. It was developed through a collaboration, led by Fidelity Charitable, of 10 nonprofits (including Charity Navigator) and other donor-advised fund sponsors. 

What's more is that you can donate to the charities on our site via the DAF Direct button as well as to Charity Navigator directly (we are a charity too).