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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, December 14, 2018

“Rage Giving”: How to Find a Charity that Turns Your Rage into Action

This guest post was written by our friend Danielle Cheeseman.

“Don’t go to bed angry.” It’s the divisive recommendation that couples (usually newly
cohabitating, engaged or married) have received since time immemorial, long enough
that many have rightfully begun to question whether the advice is sage or
shortsighted—with the latter arguing that, on the contrary, a clearer head is the clearer
choice.

But when it comes to altruism, might we argue that being angry is, in fact, a welcomed
motivator?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

7 Gifts to Give Your Local Homeless Shelter this Holiday Season


Winter is upon us. While it ushers in the cheer of another holiday season, it also brings bitter winds and cold nights to most of the country.

During the cold winter months, homeless shelters see an influx in individuals seeking their services. This holiday season, consider giving a gift to your local shelter to help them serve more people in your community. Here are a few items we recommend...

Thursday, December 6, 2018

7 Gifts to Give Your Local Animal Shelter this Holiday Season


It's that time of year again! The holidays are upon us and we're creating gift lists for our families and friends. 

This year, consider giving a gift to your favorite local charity too! Today we're sharing gift ideas for the animal shelter in your community. These items will go a long way toward keeping pets fed and warm while they wait to find their forever homes.

Friday, November 30, 2018

5 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Giving Back


This guest post was written by our friends at DonorsChoose.org, the nonprofit site that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need.

Giving is an important part of your life. But how can you make sure your kids will grow up knowing how to give back? Here are four tips you can put into practice today to teach your children the importance of giving — and help them get started.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Why Millennials Need to Start Thinking About Philanthropy

Written by our friend Bruna Nessif.


The label of “millennial” can sometimes seem like a curse. We’d be lying if we said there wasn’t a slight twinge of shame for being associated as a millennial, due to the onslaught of criticism we receive, but we’d also be lying if we didn’t acknowledge the impact that we’ve cultivated as a generation.

It’s no surprise that we live in a time where those before us find solace in talking down to millennials. We’re often called entitled and spoiled. We’re told that we don’t know the value of work ethic and have no regard when it comes to putting in the time and effort to earn our place.

Sure, you’re always going to have your pick of the bunch that confirm these opinions, but for the most part, millennials are being targeted because they’ve found the courage to trek uncharted territory when it comes to both their personal and professional lives. We’re not doing it like it’s always been done, because we have the resources to try something new. So why wouldn’t we take advantage of that?

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Give Confidently on #GivingTuesday


This year, millions of people around the world will participate in #GivingTuesday by donating their time, talents, and dollars.

Will you be one of them? Learn how you can use Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator, to find a charity you can feel good about supporting.