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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.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hurricane Maria

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Hurricane Maria made landfall on Dominica on the evening of Monday, September 18th, as a Category 5 hurricane. With winds of over 150 miles-per-hour, Dominica saw mass destruction of resources on the island. After hitting Dominica, Maria was downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane, still predicted to bring catastrophic damage to the areas affected. Maria hit Puerto Rico on Tuesday night as a Category 4 hurricane, still predicted to hit the Virgin Islands. Many islands devastated by Hurricane Irma are also close to the path of Hurricane Maria.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rohingya Refugee Crisis

It is estimated that over 400,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border to Bangladesh since late August. The Rohingya, an ethnic minority in Myanmar, have long faced violence and persecution at home. These refugees must travel for days to reach safety from the violence they face at home. Several charities are helping to provide food, clothing, shelter, and more to those impacted. Please consider supporting the highly rated charities below, who are helping to provide relief to the Rohingyan refugees.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Charity Navigator Provides Necessary Resource For Donors in Times of Crisis

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At Charity Navigator, our staff works every day to publish ratings and information about charities and giving with the aim of informing donations. We focus on helping donors feel comfortable with the process of giving and helping them trust the charities they are supporting.  Users access our site and ratings throughout the year, but the bulk of donations made through our Giving Basket, come in the last week of December.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Earthquake in Mexico

Just a week ago, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico’s southern coastline. Infrastructure is severely damaged and nearly 100 people are reported to have perished as a result of the earthquake. When giving in times of crisis, it’s important to remember to do your research. Make sure the organization you’re considering supporting is a highly rated, well established organization that’s performing the type of work you’re looking to support, like those listed below! In addition to being highly rated, these charities allow donors to designate their gifts specifically to those affected by the crisis.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Severe Flooding in South Asia

Heavy flooding throughout South Asia has displaced millions and resulted in over one thousand deaths. From food shortages to water-borne diseases to the destruction of schools and hospitals, it is estimated that over 41 million people have been impacted by the record breaking flooding. Below are 4 rated charities working to provide the services and support that those impacted by the flooding in South Asia need. Please consider supporting their work.

Islamic Relief USA: Islamic Relief USA strives to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy, and diseases worldwide regardless of color, race, religion, or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Incorporated in California in 1993, Islamic Relief operates a wide variety of projects, including education and training, water and sanitation, income generation, orphan support, health and nutrition, and emergency relief.

GlobalGiving: GlobalGiving works to build an efficient, open, thriving marketplace that connects people who have community and world-changing ideas with people who can support them. Our vision is to unleash the potential of people around the world to make positive change happen. GlobalGiving is an online marketplace that connects you to the causes and countries you care about.

MedShare: MedShare's mission is to improve the quality of life for people and the planet. MedShare is dedicated to improving healthcare and the environment through the efficient recovery and redistribution of the surplus of medical supplies and equipment to those most in need. We collect surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, distributors and manufacturers, and then redistribute it to qualified healthcare facilities in the developing world.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Charity Navigator Discusses Giving in the Wake of a Disaster

Charity Navigator is committed to helping individuals increase their intelligent giving. Whether it’s at the end of the year or immediately following a disaster, Charity Navigator is here with unbiased charity ratings, complementary tools, and helpful tips.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it has caused along the Texas coast, in Houston and the surrounding areas, we are sharing a few quick tips for how to help.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Charity Navigator Celebrates Women’s Equality Day, August 26

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the addition of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which extended the right to vote to women. While the 19th Amendment was realized on August 26, 1920, universal suffrage wasn’t guaranteed for all (regardless of race) until 1965 and the first Women’s Equality Day. That timeline alone speaks to how much blood, sweat, and tears went into establishing this right for all Americans. This Women’s Equality Day, reflect on how far we’ve come and where we still need to go. Most importantly, remember that you can help move us there through your activism, volunteering, and donations.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Each year, on August 23rd, the world pauses to commemorate the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. UNESCO chose this day in 1998 to reflect the night of August 22nd, 1791, in Santo Domingo, which saw the first uprising against transatlantic slave trade. The hope of such a day is to “inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples,” as well as to create “collective consideration of the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of this tragedy.” International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was first celebrated in Haiti and Senegal, and has continued to be commemorated across the globe. Through conversation and dialogue, this day holds an intention to create a collective memory that remembers the past as it was, instead of attempting to cover up history.

In honor of International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, Charity Navigator has put together a list of highly-rated charities working to combat slavery and trafficking today, in hopes that in the near future, the abuse of human bodies will end.

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking is a four-star rated charity, which has a “survivor-centered approach to ending slavery.” CAST seeks to end slavery and trafficking through supporting survivors through their journey to freedom, anywhere from “counseling, to legal resources, to housing, educational and leadership training and mentorship.”

Free the Slaves is a three-star rated charity that hopes to build “a world without slavery by demonstrating that ending slavery is possible.” Free the Slaves helps communities across the globe determine a path toward sustainable freedom, by strengthening “the capacity of grassroots organizations, government agencies, advocacy coalitions, and the media to take action.”

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women is a three-star rated charity that fights against human trafficking through “prevention, education, gender equality, legislation, direct services for victims and ending the demand that fuels sex trafficking.” CATW advocates for survivors’ rights and protection of victims.

International Justice Mission is a three-star rated charity that has a team of over 750 activists, investigators, social workers, and lawyers. Across 17 field offices, IJM seeks to “protect the poor from violence.” IJM partners with local justice systems to help victims of violence through rescue, restoration, restraint, and representation.

Polaris is a four-star rated charity with a three-part model used to “systematically disrupt human trafficking.” The three steps are responding to victims immediately and effectively, equipping stakeholders with the tools to address and prevent trafficking, and disrupting trafficking business through campaigns. Polaris has six primary programs through which it seeks to make change.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Charity Navigator Talks Charities Providing Resources to Schools

As August slowly comes to a close, elementary, middle, and high schools across the United States are opening their doors once again to the millions of students preparing for the year to come. In the coming weeks, teachers will face classrooms full of students — young and old — hoping to move forward in the world and challenge their previous ideas about how things work. Charity Navigator has compiled a list of five highly-rated organizations working with public schools across the country to make sure that this back-to-school season is the best yet for parents, teachers, and students, alike.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Charity Navigator Celebrates World Humanitarian Day, August 19

Humanitarian (adjective): 1. having concern for or helping to improve the welfare and happiness of people; 2. pertaining to saving of human lives or to the alleviation of suffering

Humanitarian (noun): a person actively engaged in promoting human welfare and social reforms, as a philanthropist

The United Nations General Assembly declared August 19 to be World Humanitarian Day, a day set apart to recognize humanitarian workers and those who lost their lives delivering humanitarian assistance. Charities across the globe are working hard to bring an end to human suffering by providing humanitarian assistance in some of the world’s most troubled areas. In honor of World Humanitarian Day we are sharing a list of several highly-rated humanitarian relief charities. Please remember there are lots great organizations tackling this issue and you can find many more on our website.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

How to tap the fundraising power of technology without breaking the bank

Charity Navigator is excited to present this guest blog post from an expert in our community. To submit your ideas as a guest blogger, please contact Sara Nason at snason@charitynavigator.org

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Charity Navigator is Back to School & Hooked on Phonics

Can you believe it’s already mid-August? Neither can we.

As the last few days of summer vacation wind to an end we’re right alongside you getting into the back to school spirit. Today we’re unpacking charities that believe in the power of reading to enhance our lives. From unlocking new worlds through books and stories to improving our career readiness, literacy is essential to our daily lives. There are many great charities working to expand literacy among our youth and their families. We’re breaking down four of them today, but you can find many more on Charity Navigator.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Charity Navigator Talks Highly-Rated Charities Delivering School Supplies

The first few weeks of August signal for the start of back-to-school shopping. Kids, and adults, alike are headed back to the classroom, but there are many families for whom back-to-school shopping is a financial burden. The numerous “Classroom supplies” lists that families can receive have the potential to be overwhelming. Charity Navigator has put together a list of charities helping families receive school supplies, so kids can head back to school with the supplies they need to start their school year.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Marwah Maasarani

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Marwah Maasarani

Every Friday, we introduce you to another member of the Charity Navigator team. For our last analyst interview, meet Marwah! Marwah is a Senior Program Analyst for Charity Navigator, which means she's responsible for a subset of charities that we rate!

What’s your favorite animal video?
There are so many! It’s hard to pick one, but I really like the BBC talking animal videos:

What’s the best part of working at Charity Navigator?
The people. Everyone at here is so dedicated and passionate about what they do and we all genuinely care about what is happening in each other’s lives like one big family.

What’s the best question about Charity Navigator that you’ve ever gotten?
“How do I get my Guidestar Seal of Transparency?” Some people confuse us with Guidestar, and I'll get questions about getting a seal of transparency — Unfortunately, I can't answer that!

What you love most about your role at Charity Navigator?
I love learning about the great work going on in the sector and the fact that we get to see how different cause areas operate at a very high level. Having this unique experience has allowed me to explore ways CN can measure the effectiveness of our own work.

What’s your favorite office memory?
When the office threw me a surprise bridal shower two days before my wedding. I had no idea what was going on! It was the first time I was actually surprised at a surprise party. I usually figure these things out pretty quickly but I was totally caught off guard with this one.

Which charity set are you most passionate about and why?
There are so many cause areas to be passionate about! What’s great about working here is that you feel like you can work with more than one at a time. One of the cause areas I am responsible for is Development and Relief Services. This is the one I spend the most time analyzing so it is very near and dear to my heart. There are so many wonderful charities in this cause area working in the US and abroad to serve the needs of people in underprivileged communities in very creative ways.

What’s one thing you wish people knew about the charitable sector/non-profits?
There is a lot of great work being done, and the sector is full of people dedicating their lives to solving the world’s most pressing problems. I want to encourage people to have faith in the sector and get involved by investing not only money but time and expertise as well.

Where do you see Charity Navigator in 5 years?
We have a very ambitious five-year strategic plan so I am really excited to see us work to achieve it.

What’s a secret skill you have that no one knows about?
This is not really a secret skill but I love adventure and trying new things. Whether it is parasailing in the Red Sea, scuba diving in the Mediterranean, or feeding wild monkeys in the desert, I am always looking for my next adventure. I like to push myself outside of my comfort zone and that helps me discover myself in a way...who knows...maybe eventually I’ll discover my secret skill!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Charity Navigator Celebrates World Elephant Day!

Saturday is World Elephant Day!

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Keeping it honest, I’m obsessed with a lot of things and I love to talk about them. My most spoken about obsession is elephants. It’s to the point that my coworkers (special thanks to Kevin!) send me random gifs of elephants doing things I never thought I’d see!

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Elephants are truly one of the most awesome creatures on the planet. They’re intelligent, emotionally driven, and develop close bonds with their families. Elephants enjoy playing, art, music, and more! While they can’t jump or run, elephants are excellent swimmers and use their trunk to breathe while underwater. Researchers have witnessed elephants do astonishing things, like performing funeral rituals and adopting other animals. Around the world, elephants are culturally significant, often symbolizing luck, wisdom, and strength.

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Through activities like poaching, habitat destruction, and poor treatment in captivity, elephants have been mistreated by human beings to the extent that they are endangered. World Elephant Day challenges us to, “...experience elephants in non-exploitive and sustainable environments where elephants can thrive under care and protection.” Check out the organizations below nurturing and advocating for elephants:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Charity Navigator’s Guide to International Youth Day

On Saturday, August 12, many will observe International Youth Day. The United Nations designated this day in 1999 based upon a recommendation from the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth. The day is intended to be a recognize the world’s youth as agents of tomorrow’s change.

While International Youth Day takes a different shape each year, the theme for this year’s event is young people’s inclusion in the peace and security agenda. The UN understands that peace and security are essential to the success of its 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and that youth inclusion in the process will lead to a more peaceful future. In honor of International Youth Day, Charity Navigator is highlighting 4 highly-rated charities empowering youth to be successful, take part in our modern peace process, and stand up to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Charity Navigator Celebrates International Cat Day

We all know that the internet is at least 99% cat related memes, but did you know that August 8th is International Cat Day? Let's spend the day celebrating our small, adorable companions that bring so much joy to our lives!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Kevin Doyle

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Kevin Doyle
As the first week of August is slowly rolling around to a close, Charity Navigator is bringing you another member of our Analyst Team for your #FridayReads. Meet Kevin, one of our Senior Program Analysts. We sat down with him to learn more about what he finds to be the best part of working at Charity Navigator.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Charity Navigator's Latest Top Ratings

Charity Navigator's Latest Top Ratings
It’s August 3rd! That means our team has just updated ratings for hundreds of the charities you love to help make impactful philanthropy easier for you. We also rated over 150 charities for the first time. Chosen totally at random, we’re highlighting a few charities whose ratings were updated today so you can get to know and love a new charity!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Charity Navigator Shares Charities Farming for a Sustainable Future

Charity Navigator Shares Charities Farming for a Sustainable Future

For most of us, the start of August marks the last few golden weeks of summer--a time to enjoy the warmer weather and take it easy. But for some, the farmers among us, summer marks the busy season--the warm weather signals growth and harvest. Today, in honor of all the hard working farmers who will be found in a field rather than on a beach, we’re taking a look at a handful of highly-rated charities fighting for farmers and a sustainable agricultural future. Check them out below!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Top 5 Questions We Get At Charity Navigator

Top 5 Questions We Get At Charity Navigator

At Charity Navigator, we’re in the business of helping you. So, a lot of the work we do is to make sure all of your questions are answered. Below are some of the most frequent questions we receive at Charity Navigator and our answers for them.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Charity Navigator Celebrates Summer Sun!

Charity Navigator Celebrates Summer Sun!

Summer 2017 has been going strong for about a month now and it’s great. For us in New Jersey (yes, Charity Navigator’s in New Jersey!), we’ve gone down the shore several times, we’ve been eating too much Italian Ice, and we’ve been working on our tans! While I have no doubt that summer is just as great in other states, today we’re celebrating what makes Jersey Summers special alongside our love for some awesome nonprofits.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Mariah Ross

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Mariah Ross

Friday is rolling around once again, which means it's time to introduce you to another person on Charity Navigator's Analyst Team: Mariah Ross. Mariah is a Program Analyst and resident Beyoncé aficionado.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Charity Navigator Highlights Global Emergency Response Coalition

Charity Navigator Highlights Global Emergency Response Coalition

“We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together.” — Bill Richardson

Eight humanitarian aid organizations have recently partnered to raise awareness and funds for the famine in East Africa. Charity Navigator is highlighting these highly-rated organizations today to commend them on working together to create change.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Charity Navigator Talks Best Ways to Volunteer

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Charity Navigator’s work has moved to helping you figure out how to volunteer with different charities! GoCivic—a new initiative between uBack, a social impact platform, and The Chicago Leadership Alliance, a 501(c)(3) social enterprise—enables individuals in Chicago to connect with various charities and leaders serving the Chicago area. Charity Navigator worked with uBack to provide information about highly-rated charities in Chicago, through which uBack was able to create thousands of nonprofit profiles doing great work in the area.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Charity Navigator Talks 5 Top-Rated Charities Started by Celebrities

Charity Navigator Talks 5 Top-Rated Charities Started by Celebrities
We recognize celebrities for their dramatic, musical, and artistic talents, but we rarely think that on the other side of that Oscar-nominated film or that Billboard-topping album is another person, just like us. A person who sees injustice in the world and wants to do something about it.

Today we’re reviewing five 4-star charities started by celebrities. Is your favorite on this list?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Gillian Eigo

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Gillian Eigo

It's once again #FriYay, and we're keeping the Charity Navigator Analyst Interview train rolling with our next member of the A-Team: Gillian Eigo, aka Gill! Gill is an Associate Program Analyst, which means she handles a subset of charities that we rate here at Charity Navigator. She also has some super secret DIY skills that any adult would be jealous of!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hey Gilmore Girls Fans, Charity Navigator Finds #Inspo in Stars Hollow

Ten years ago, fans said “So long!” to our favorite mother-daughter duo: Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Their quick-wit and nonstop pop-culture references were #goals for many. But Gilmore Girls was much more than a show about a hip mother and daughter. They lived in a world full of wildly interesting, but deeply lovable characters who added to their dynamic and made us love them more. Let’s take a moment to gain some philanthropic #inspo from some of our Stars Hollow favorites.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Charity Navigator Says Your Donation Can Do More Good

We all want to do good — contributing financially to our favorite charities is a great way to do so. But what if our donations could do more good for the organizations we love and the causes we care about? Even better, right?

At Charity Navigator, we’re passionate about helping you give confidently to the charities you love, knowing your gift will have an impact on the cause you care about. In addition to our charity ratings, we have lots of giving tips to empower you to give better through your donations.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Charity Navigator Celebrates #MandelaDay

Here at Charity Navigator, we know that when we donate, volunteer, or discuss the causes we’re passionate about, we’re exercising our ability and responsibility to change the world. Some make this their lives' work by assisting for government agencies or nonprofits. Few make this their legacy by living entirely to better our world through their service. Nelson Mandela is one of these few.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Charity Navigator Talks: World Day for International Justice

Once a year, on July 17th, the international community gathers to recognize the manifestation of the international criminal justice framework. World Day for International Justice (also known as Day of International Criminal Justice or International Justice Day) is a commemoration of the adoption of the Rome Statute in 1998, which was the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Friday, July 14, 2017

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Brittany Delaney

It's #FriYay once again, and we're talking to Associate Program Analyst, Brittany Delaney, about her work for Charity Navigator — including her undying love for cookbooks. As an Associate Program Analyst, Brittany is in charge of a certain subset of charities that we rate at Charity Navigator. We asked her a few questions for your #FridayReads.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Charity Navigator Talks Viral Fundraising

Charity Navigator Talks Viral Fundraising

If you’ve been around the nonprofit sector recently,  you’ve probably heard of one of the many viral fundraising campaigns over recent years. When it comes to going viral, a lot of charities have the “wouldn’t it be nice” mentality — and rightfully so. Most viral campaigns happen because of some form of luck. The first-follower principle often stands true — popularity doesn’t occur unless there’s more than one person publicly supporting a cause. We’re breaking down a few of the most viral campaigns that have happened in the past decade — including some from charities we rate at Charity Navigator — to talk about what happened, why it happened, and the moment in time that caused the campaign’s success.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Charity Navigator: Who is Makin' Waves to Save Our Oceans?

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Here, in New Jersey, we’re welcoming the return of summer with open arms. Life is back to the way it’s supposed to be — vans full of excited families and cars packed with best friends clogging the parkway, up and down the coast, trying to reach the beach. Most of us live for these few, precious weeks when the sun is high and the ocean is finally warm enough to swim.

This year, the return of summer and my subsequent return to the shore has me thinking about the ocean in a new way. Most of the world’s largest cities are located along the continental coasts and over 40% of the world’s population live within 60 miles of those coastlines. The ocean is an important and powerful resource for billions of people; it provides food and fosters livelihoods for many, facilitates global transportation of individuals and goods, and oceanic biodiversity is critical to our healthy lives on land.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Zachary Weinsteiger

Zach Weinsteiger, Associate Program Analyst
Zach Weinsteiger, Associate Program Analyst
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It's finally #FriYay, and we're celebrating by introducing you to one of Charity Navigator's analysts, Zach Weinsteiger. Zach is an Associate Program Analyst, which means he's in charge of a certain section of charities rated by Charity Navigator. We asked him a few questions about what makes the #workworthdoing.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Charity Navigator Talks: Volunteer in your PJ's!

I get it—you’re tired! You work all day, run errands, tidy up around the house, and by 8pm, you just want to put on your pajamas and relax. I feel the same way! Some days, I think about adding other things to my schedule, like exercising, picking up a new hobby, or volunteering. While volunteering is an incredibly rewarding experience, it requires a large chunk of time, which is often hard to carve out. So to make it easier for everyone,I’ve found several ways we can all volunteer in our pajamas from our couches!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Leslie Knope: My 4eva #WCW

There are many things I want in life but the only one that seems to matter right now is this: Leslie Knope, star of NBC’s Parks & Rec, existing in real life and being my best friend.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Charity Navigator Recognizes National PTSD Awareness Day

In 2010, Congress named June 27th as National PTSD Awareness Day. While veterans are known to experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at high rates, any individual can be affected  In fact, around eight million people have PTSD each year. PTSD occurs after an individual has experienced a traumatic event, from children growing up in neglectful environments, to adults living through violent car crashes, to teenagers moving frequently, anyone can begin to show symptoms of PTSD.