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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.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Why Do Charities Ask Me for Money?

Charity Navigator is here to help donors make more informed, data-driven donations. But why do charities ask for donations in the first place? Keep reading to learn more.

Friday, August 17, 2018

3 Unexpected Needs Following a Disaster

At Charity Navigator, we aim to provide you with the giving tips you need to make confident donations in any situation, including the immediate wake of a disaster. Last year, following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria thousands of donors, like you, turned to us for a list of highly-rated charities providing relief and support on the ground. We were blown away by the generosity and quick response of so many people seeking to help their neighbors.

Through our Giving Basket, we directed relief funds to effective organizations known to be working on the ground. Those organizations turned much of that funding into immediate relief: meals, medicine, hygiene kits, pet supplies, tools and construction materials. Those items are critical, but they only address short-term needs. Recovery following a disaster can take many months, or even years and the long-term needs change over time. Keep reading to see three unexpected long-term needs following a disaster.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in New York

Each week, Charity Navigator features a few of the awesome organizations at work in one of the fifty states. This week we're talking about a few of New York's best charities.

The organizations are providing unique services in communities throughout the state and have earned the highest overall rating scores out of all of the organizations in the state. This speaks to their ability to acheive their missions while remaining committed to the highest standards for financial health and accountability and transparency.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Sweet Moment: How Students Unexpectedly Donated $2k via Charity Navigator

I know I speak for the entire Charity Navigator Team when I say we love hearing from our users and donors! We appreciate the time they take to write, call, or email us to tell us about how they use our ratings and tools make confident giving decisions, or how they used our resources to find their new favorite charity.

We get a similar rush of joy and excitement when we hear from charities who find creative ways to share their ratings, celebrate their inclusion in a Hot Topic or Top 10 list, or offer stories of donors who found them using Charity Navigator.

Recently, our friends at ReadWorks shared a few of their “Charity Navigator moments” with us. We were so inspired by one of their stories that we asked to share it with our readers. We believe it speaks to the power of Charity Navigator to connect donors with effective organizations working on the issues that matter most to them, as well as to the world-changing potential of those new donor-charity relationships.

We hope it will inspire you too!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

10 Charities with Perfect Scores

Each week, Charity Navigator features a new Top 10 list of highly-rated organizations working on a particular cause or issue. This week’s list is extra special because these charities have earned perfect scores (that’s right… 100!) on their Charity Navigator evaluations. Their excellent scores speak to their ability to achieve their missions while maintaining the highest standards for financial health, accountability, and transparency.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Your Guide to Deducting Donated Goods

Recently, we’ve been sharing creative ways to make an impact on any budget. We’ve shared tips for supporting your local homeless shelter and food bank, ideas for starting a school supply drive, suggestions for places to volunteer, and a guide to making the most of your charitable giving budget. Another great way to support local organizations, regardless of your budget, is by donating gently-used goods like books, furniture, and toys, and lightly-worn clothing to be distributed to individuals and families who can use them. 

We can all open our closets right now and pull out 5 or 6 things we’ll never wear again. Or, point to the toys our children have lost interest in or are too old to play with. Why not donate them to a neighbor in need? Plus, these items qualify for a tax deduction when you donate them through a local tax-deductible organization.

Here’s what you need to know about deducting donated goods…