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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Millennials & Nonprofits: Why It Can Work


Millennials are often criticized for being a generation consumed by the internet, and stereotyped as self-entitled, phone-addicted zombies. However, that narrow depiction fails to address the fact that despite increasing student debt, a higher cost of living, and somewhat limited job opportunities, we still place a value on making a lasting impact on our communities and the world at large, especially when it comes to social issues and injustice.

While older generations may call it “evil,” the internet has allowed millennials around the globe to engage in an unprecedented level of activism, regardless of their location and other extenuating circumstances, like education or financial means. Today, advocating or fundraising for a cause only takes a couple of clicks away, and that influence cannot, and should not, be ignored.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Donors, Data, & Decision Making: 5 Tips for Embracing Research & Development to Drive Impact


This guest post was contributed by Kelly Fitzsimmons, Founder and Managing Partner, of Project Evident. Kelly and her team are committed to working with funders and the organizations they support to strengthen their data and evidence-building agendas to make a greater impact in the world through more effective programs.

In the private sector, as the pace of innovation has accelerated, so too has the use of data to drive decision-making. The for-profit sector has long embraced technology and tools to capture and use data to better serve their customers. Less so in the social sector, where such tools, talent, and technology have largely not made it into the hands of practitioners (a "last mile problem"). At the same time, there is increasing demand for programs that produce real outcomes for communities, yet many of these programs do not have access to the resources needed to research and develop those outcomes.  

Individual donors are a powerful force for promoting better research and development, or R&D, practices and ensuring that the social sector is not left behind in our rapidly evolving world. As you think about your next charitable contributions or your role as a board member with a nonprofit organization, here are five tips to help close this critical gap for those causes you care most about.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Do's and Don'ts of Matching Gifts and Challenge Grants


Is your organization considering a matching gift campaign? Charity Navigator worked with industry experts to discuss best practices for soliciting and structuring a matching gift campaign to ensure that you and your Donor are on the same page.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

3 Ways Moms Are Finding New Ways to Deal with Deadly Hunger


A nutritious diet, essential to a strong start in life, is a universal priority for mothers around the globe. Yet, access to all the elements that build nutrition in young children - healthy, diverse diets; clean water; good hygiene practices, and more - is anything but universal. 

After years of decline, global hunger is now on the rise: the latest reports indicate that some 821 million people suffer from hunger. Due to conflict, climate change, and economic shocks, millions of moms struggle daily to give their children what they need to thrive and survive.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Constituent Feedback: The Key to Impact Reporting?


Charity Navigator is dedicated to making impactful philanthropy easier for all. To that end, we are undertaking new initiatives that will allow donors to better understand the impact of their donations or charitable investments. There are many ways to define “impact” and even more ways to assess it. One potentially important measure of program results may lie in the hands of an organization’s beneficiaries.

Friday, April 5, 2019

How to Update Make Changes to Your Charity Navigator Rating Profile

Hey Charity Reps! 

Are you looking to make changes to the Accountability and Transparency (A&T) materials you have submitted to Charity Navigator, or submit links to where your policies live on your website to receive credit? Follow these simple steps to update your profile and begin receiving credit today!