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Thursday, July 30, 2009

A Few Words From Donors and Charities

"We had the highest percentage of new donors ever after receiving our third consecutive four-star rating and we found out, when we asked, that almost all of them came to us through Charity Navigator. Thank you for introducing us to so many new friends."
- Amy McGuire Porter, Executive Director, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
"Here's how I used [Charity Navigator]. First, I examined the charities to which we donate now, many of which ranked poorly. Next, I looked at your categories and chose the ones that best match our values. Using your superb data, I was able to narrow down the overwhelming number of charities to the specific ones we want to support. Then, I allocated the total we could afford to give among the causes. This research took a lot of time but the result is a godsend. I now have a planned approach to donating. Now when I receive mail solicitations, I just toss those that don't match and open only those that do. No more feeling guilty. No more agonizing over heart-rending appeals. Eureka!"
- Charity Navigator User
"When I read the list of newly rated charities I recognized several from which I receive repeated phone calls asking for donations. Your listings add to my ability to resist the tearful pleas for disabled deputy sheriffs or whatever. The 0-star charities are the ones inundating phones and mail boxes with their solicitations. You are doing private donors a very great service by listing them warts and all."
- Charity Navigator User
"When an outside organization like [Charity Navigator] rates you, it gives the individual donor a reliable source from which to make a judgment about us."
- H. Dennis Smith, Executive Director, Northern Illinois Food Bank

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