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Monday, November 23, 2020

Pandemic Ignites New Ways to Fight Hunger


According to our June 2020 survey of Star rated nonprofits, 72% of organizations have suffered financially due to the pandemic. Additionally, 54% of respondents have cut back on program services due to the pandemic/economic shutdown. To overcome this disruption and to continue to serve communities, many nonprofits are adapting and innovating. 

Today, we are honored to share a first-hand account of what innovation and 

adaptation look like during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent 

economic crisis from Action Against Hunger.

Thanksgiving is my favorite U.S. holiday — a time to count our blessings and be grateful for all that we have. It is also a time to consider those who are less fortunate than ourselves, including so many around the globe who are going hungry this year. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Navigating a Complicated Holiday Season


This holiday season may be the most complicated we’ve ever seen – how do we safely gather and help others while COVID-19 cases increase across the country? With our communities more in need today than ever, we must navigate this pandemic safely in order to achieve our missions. 


Here at Golden, we regularly analyze what non-profits in our network are up to. Organizations that are seeing the most success in the last few months are taking advantage of the situation by tweaking their regular activities a bit while establishing strong safety protocols.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Three things you really want as a donor to keep giving to charity

If you care about giving back, you’ve probably navigated many different charity-donor relationships. While many charities do a great job of keeping their donors in the loop, others can leave you guessing about where your money went, and how exactly your donation helped make the world a better place.

The best charity-donor relationships are honest, open, and respectful. That’s why you can ask charities for what you need - transparency, clarity, and equal partnership in their cause.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Giving to Native-led Nonprofits: Native American Heritage Month and Beyond

The civil unrest of 2020 has emboldened Charity Navigator’s commitment to promoting a more equitable social sector by encouraging both organizations and donors to consider aspects of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in their decision-making. 

Our multifaceted approach includes evolving our ratings to assess key measures of equity, generating Hot Topics to help you Give with Confidence to organizations that are founded by diverse leaders who are dedicated to bridging inequities, and partnering with leading foundations to better tell the story of the unmet and often misunderstood needs that uniquely impact underserved communities. 

In recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ month, we’ve partnered with Native Ways Federation to tell the story of the persistent needs and inequities that afflict our Native American communities.


In 1990, the United States designated the month of November as Native American Heritage Month. This month is intended as a time to learn about and celebrate the rich and diverse histories and cultures, as well the important contributions, of the 6.9 million Native people and 574 Native nations of the United States. It is also important to recognize that learning about, and honoring, the Indigenous nations and people of this country should not be reserved for one month out of the year. This country was founded on Native land, and the original stewards and caretakers of this land have paid an enormous price as a result. It is important that all Americans learn this collective history, including its present-day impacts, in order for us to heal and move forward as a nation. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Unwavering, Accountable Giving Drives Maximum Impact for our Veterans

According to our June 2020 survey of Star rated nonprofits, 72% of organizations have suffered financially due to the pandemic. Additionally, 54% of respondents have cut back on program services due to the pandemic/economic shutdown. To overcome this disruption and to continue to serve communities, many nonprofits are adapting and innovating. 

Today, we are honored to share a first-hand account of what innovation and 

adaptation look like during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent 

economic crisis from Call of Duty Endowment.


At a time of unprecedented need, many philanthropic organizations and generous donors have risen to the occasion, supporting organizations that render critical services.  The key question, however, is have they done so in a way that maximizes social impact, helping as many people as possible?

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Estate Planning During the Covid-19 Pandemic

It’s only natural that many people find themselves questioning their mortality as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on without a cure in sight. With so much uncertainty and risk looming on the horizon, families and their loved ones are thinking about the next steps to take in case they were to fall ill. This not only applies to at-risk elderly individuals, but also to adults with predisposing conditions, victims of intensified domestic violence abuse, and children with disabilities.

Estate planning is something you should always have in mind, but this holds true now more than ever. Some are revisiting and revising the documents they’ve drawn up decades ago, while many others are frantically scrambling to write wills and make critical decisions regarding who will be in charge of their medical care and finances if they become incapacitated — which is a process that should never be rushed.