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Friday, July 31, 2015

Nepal Update: Where'd the Money Go?

On April 25, 2015, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, killing thousands, and injuring or displacing thousands more.

Many nonprofit organizations responded immediately to the disaster, providing aid in the form of food, clothing, medical supplies, shelter, and other necessities. Several of these organizations provided a way for donors to designate their gifts so that they would be used only to provide aid to Nepal. But how can a donor be sure that their designated gift led to meaningful results for those affected by the earthquake?

Direct Relief, an international humanitarian relief organization, recently provided an answer to this question by posting a three-month progress update on their efforts in Nepal. This report breaks down in detail how Direct Relief accounted for designated funds, what those funds were used for, and how much progress Direct Relief has made in assisting people in Nepal affected by the earthquake.

According to the report, Direct Relief received $5,508,005 in Nepalese-designated donations. 49% of this money was spent on immediate needs in the aftermath of the earthquake, including the delivery of crucial medical supplies and equipment, and the support of essential services via grants to local groups and organizations. The remaining funds are being used by:
  • providing medical resources to under-served areas.
  • supporting long-term medical and rehabilitation services for earthquake survivors.
  • rebuilding, repairing, and re-equipping health centers in high risk areas.
In our Tips For Giving in Times of Crisis, we note that it is important for donors to keep tabs on what their donation is accomplishing by checking back a few months after the initial disaster response. Charity Navigator applauds Direct Relief's efforts in this regard. By publishing this report, Direct Relief shows that it is committed to transparency and results in their efforts abroad, and to making sure donors have the information they need to be informed givers during a crisis.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Five Charity Myths Dispelled

Are you guilty of believing any of these 
5 myths 
about charities and charitable giving?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

An Example Why Dropping Money In A Bucket May Not Be The Best Way To Give

Wise donors don't drop money into canisters at the checkout counter or hand over cash to solicitors outside the supermarket or on the street. As this report about the Veterans Support Organization shows, situations like these are irresistible to scam artists who wish to take advantage of your goodwill.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Donor Advisories and Watchlist

Charity Navigator does not only evaluate over 8,000 charities and for those
charities provides a star rating, we also review real time news regarding charities and consider those for our Donor Advisory or Watchlist designation. Lately, the Donor Advisory/Watchlist activity has been extremely busy. We have been adding, removing and updating the listings on our site that come under review. Below is a sample of the recent activity.

Donor Advisories that were Removed:
Donor Advisories that were Updated: 
Charities Removed from the Watchlist:
  • The Sierra Club 
  • MountainTrue 
Watchlist entries that were Updated:

Thursday, July 2, 2015


credit: U.S. Navy
Could this summer’s #icebucketchallenge be the #givethem20 challenge? Maybe.

But first, what is it you ask? It is a new social media campaign launched by American Corporate Partners to generate awareness of its efforts to help veterans transition to the civilian workforce. And all you need to do is film yourself doing 20 push-ups, sit-ups or another exercise of your choice, dedicate it to veterans and invite your friends to take the challenge.

So far, the charity reports not generating much in the way of donations and says that fundraising isn’t the aim of the campaign anyhow. And although it hasn’t taken off in the way that the #icebucketchallenge did, several well-known celebrities have taken the challenge.

Whether you do push-ups or not, if this social media challenge inspires you to want to support our veterans, then we encourage you to use our site to find a charity you can trust

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Ratings Update

For our July 1st update, our team of analysts completed over 1,000 updated ratings and in addition some newly rated charities.

4-star American Skin Association
4-star Share and Care Foundation
4-star Harlem Academy
3-star The LPGA Foundation
3-star Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy
2-star Cancer Lifeline
2-star Amnesty International USA
1-star Global Training Network
0-star American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens

4-star Snowball Express
3-star Animals' Angels
3-star Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation
3-star Rochester Museum and Science Center
2-star Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
2-star Tony Stewart Foundation