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Friday, January 26, 2018

Meet the Team Behind www.CharityNavigator.org


Charity Navigator offers more than 9,000 charity ratings and other resources to you completely free of charge through its website, www.charitynavigator.org. Today we're introducing you to the team of people responsible for maintaining and improving our website to ensure you have access to the best information and tools.



Moustafa Elshaabiny
Full Stack Developer

How long have you been at Charity Navigator and what do you work on?

I have been working as a Full Stack Web Developer at Charity Navigator for a little more than three months now. I maintain and improve features of the website and API to make sure that donors have a smooth experience while on our site and to allow more users to access our ratings information.

Why do you work at Charity Navigator and believe in the work we’re doing?

By evaluating financial health, transparency, and impact, Charity Navigator is holding nonprofits accountable for their work while providing donors with the tools and information they need to make smart decisions about their charitable money. And that has a direct effect on the betterment of our philanthropic community, ultimately impacting people’s lives - which is why I get up to work every morning. 

What’s been your favorite project or something you’re proud to have worked on at Charity Navigator?  

My favorite memory is experiencing Giving Season first-hand at Charity Navigator and seeing how compassionate and dedicated everyone is. December 30th and 31st were especially memorable; our staff was working almost 24 hours a day to make themselves available and resolve any issues our donors run into to ensure they get their donations in on time. The team spirit was remarkable!

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Speaking of team spirit…




Naomi Meyer
Full Stack Developer

How long have you been at Charity Navigator and what do you work on?

I started working at CN in mid September 2017. My job title is Full Stack Developer - which means I write code for the website, internal applications, database, and API. “Full Stack” can be a confusing term, it means I work across the “Tech Stack” on the “Front-End” (presentation layer) and “Back-End” (data access layer). During Halloween this past year I had fun wearing a pancake costume to the office (a Full Stack Developer who also loves pancakes).

Why do you work at Charity Navigator and believe in the work we’re doing?

CN provides a valuable service and has a mission I believe in. Before CN, I worked and volunteered for a number of nonprofit organizations around the world focused on international social justice, women’s rights, environmentalism, and education. When I write code that helps users get information and make informed donations to the ACLU, EFF, WWF, 350.org, Planned Parenthood, MADRE, Doctors Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, and so many more -  I am motivated knowing that my work contributes to many causes I am passionate about.

What’s been your favorite project or something you’re proud to have worked on at Charity Navigator?  

We have over one million charities on the site and users are able to donate to most of them through the CN Giving Basket. This past giving season, the tech team worked hard writing and editing thousands of lines of code to improve the CN Giving Basket experience and implement a new system which includes a lower credit card processing fee. I’m really happy that the tech team collaboratively worked together to ensure users have a seamless checkout experience, they see beautiful displays of their donations, and all the math is perfect!

For the month of December 2017 Charity Navigator had over 1.3 million site visits and in one month, donors gave over $11.2 million to charities through the CN Giving Basket. I’m very proud of our team’s work on this project and am excited about more features and improvements for 2018!

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Matt Dragon
Director of Engineering

How long have you been at Charity Navigator and what do you work on?

I will have been at CN for 3 years in April.  I manage our two Full Stack Developers as we all work to build and support all of the great functionality on our website.  From displaying ratings, search, My Charities, Hot Topics, and Giving Basket we have a hand in the technical side at all of the points our users interact with our site.  I also work with our other Department Heads to schedule and plan the changes they need made to the site.

Why do you work at Charity Navigator and believe in the work we’re doing?

I think that working at CN gives us an ability to expand our reach and effect on the charitable sector far beyond what we could do as individuals.  I really like that we help donors and charities find each other and I’m always inspired by the level of investment and passion our users have for the causes and charities they support.

What’s been your favorite project or something you’re proud to have worked on at Charity Navigator?  

I’ve always been a fan of the Giving Basket, and not just because I had a hand in launching it and now improving and supporting it over the years.  It’s always a cool feeling to watch the numbers tick up, whether it’s a steady stream of donations being made in the off-season, or the huge jumps hour-to-hour at the end of December.  Seeing that we’re able to make it a one stop experience for users to research and donate is always cool to me and I always hope that the low friction means that more donors are donating more money to more charities

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