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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.

Friday, October 19, 2018

How to Maximize Your Gift Through Corporate Giving Programs

At Charity Navigator, we believe that every donation--small or large--has the power to make a difference. And, we know that charities we evaluate feel the same way.

But, what if there was a way to make your donation go further?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Does Impact Information Affect How You Give?

During Giving Season 2017, Charity Navigator partnered with several organizations helping charities measure and report on the impact of their programs. This ‘impact-related’ information takes many forms. Some partners look to help charities determine how their projects and programs will affect their respective populations. Others attempt to more deeply evaluate the structure of charities’ programs, including on-site technical assistance visits to better understand organizational operating procedures. 

Ideally, these actions provide important information for donor decisions related to charity performance and the progress being made toward organizational goals and objectives. These approaches allow a potential donor to see a leading indicator of how their donation will help address the problems the charity is trying to solve. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in South Dakota

South Dakota is home to 15 highly-rated charities doing exceptional work in communities around the state. Today, Charity Navigator is featuring a few of those organizations.

These charities are working to solve a spectrum of South Dakota's most pressing issues. They are helping children and families while upholding the highest standards for financial health and accountability.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

World Food Day: Here's What It's All About

Most of us visit our pantries or refrigerators without ever thinking about where are food comes from. But, the story behind our food matters. Our meals represent jobs, and labor, and human hands. They are also tied to our economies and environments.

October 16 is World Food Day—a day set aside to think about the food we eat, understand the realities of world hunger, discuss our food systems, and seek innovative ways to improve them for the health of us, our neighbors, and our world.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Top 10 Habitat for Humanity Affiliates

Habitat for Humanity is an international organization focused on providing safe and affordable homes to families in need. They believe that by providing reliable shelter families will be able to tackle their other challenges.

Habitat for Humanity affiliates work with partners in their communities to secure building materials. They see the families who will buy their homes as "partners" and offer them an affordable place to live in exchange for a set amount of "sweaty equity," or hours spent building their home.

Friday, October 12, 2018

How to Become a Long-Term Partner in Disaster Recovery

Following any disaster, we experience that knee-jerk reaction to give. We see photos and footage of communities devastated by an unpredictable flood, earthquake, or fire and want to help. We imagine ourselves and our families in the situation and our hearts break.

But what happens after the water recedes, the debris has been cleared, and the news crews leave?

True recovery takes more than just a week or two. The rebuilding process after a disaster can take many months and even years.