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Monday, July 31, 2017

Charity Navigator Celebrates Summer Sun!

Charity Navigator Celebrates Summer Sun!

Summer 2017 has been going strong for about a month now and it’s great. For us in New Jersey (yes, Charity Navigator’s in New Jersey!), we’ve gone down the shore several times, we’ve been eating too much Italian Ice, and we’ve been working on our tans! While I have no doubt that summer is just as great in other states, today we’re celebrating what makes Jersey Summers special alongside our love for some awesome nonprofits.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Mariah Ross

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Mariah Ross

Friday is rolling around once again, which means it's time to introduce you to another person on Charity Navigator's Analyst Team: Mariah Ross. Mariah is a Program Analyst and resident Beyoncé aficionado.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Charity Navigator Highlights Global Emergency Response Coalition

Charity Navigator Highlights Global Emergency Response Coalition

“We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together.” — Bill Richardson

Eight humanitarian aid organizations have recently partnered to raise awareness and funds for the famine in East Africa. Charity Navigator is highlighting these highly-rated organizations today to commend them on working together to create change.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Charity Navigator Talks Best Ways to Volunteer

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Charity Navigator’s work has moved to help you figure out how to volunteer with different charities! GoCivic—a new initiative between uBack, a social impact platform, and The Chicago Leadership Alliance, a 501(c)(3) social enterprise—enables individuals in Chicago to connect with various charities and leaders serving the Chicago area. Charity Navigator worked with uBack to provide information about highly-rated charities in Chicago, through which uBack was able to create thousands of nonprofit profiles doing great work in the area.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Charity Navigator Talks 5 Top-Rated Charities Started by Celebrities

Charity Navigator Talks 5 Top-Rated Charities Started by Celebrities
We recognize celebrities for their dramatic, musical, and artistic talents, but we rarely think that on the other side of that Oscar-nominated film or that Billboard-topping album is another person, just like us. A person who sees injustice in the world and wants to do something about it.

Today we’re reviewing five 4-star charities started by celebrities. Is your favorite on this list?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Gillian Eigo

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Gillian Eigo

It's once again #FriYay, and we're keeping the Charity Navigator Analyst Interview train rolling with our next member of the A-Team: Gillian Eigo, aka Gill! Gill is an Associate Program Analyst, which means she handles a subset of charities that we rate here at Charity Navigator. She also has some super secret DIY skills that any adult would be jealous of!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hey Gilmore Girls Fans, Charity Navigator Finds #Inspo in Stars Hollow

Ten years ago, fans said “So long!” to our favorite mother-daughter duo: Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Their quick-wit and nonstop pop-culture references were #goals for many. But Gilmore Girls was much more than a show about a hip mother and daughter. They lived in a world full of wildly interesting, but deeply lovable characters who added to their dynamic and made us love them more. Let’s take a moment to gain some philanthropic #inspo from some of our Stars Hollow favorites.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Charity Navigator Says Your Donation Can Do More Good

We all want to do good — contributing financially to our favorite charities is a great way to do so. But what if our donations could do more good for the organizations we love and the causes we care about? Even better, right?

At Charity Navigator, we’re passionate about helping you give confidently to the charities you love, knowing your gift will have an impact on the cause you care about. In addition to our charity ratings, we have lots of giving tips to empower you to give better through your donations.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Charity Navigator Celebrates #MandelaDay

Here at Charity Navigator, we know that when we donate, volunteer, or discuss the causes we’re passionate about, we’re exercising our ability and responsibility to change the world. Some make this their lives' work by assisting for government agencies or nonprofits. Few make this their legacy by living entirely to better our world through their service. Nelson Mandela is one of these few.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Charity Navigator Talks: World Day for International Justice

Once a year, on July 17th, the international community gathers to recognize the manifestation of the international criminal justice framework. World Day for International Justice (also known as Day of International Criminal Justice or International Justice Day) is a commemoration of the adoption of the Rome Statute in 1998, which was the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Friday, July 14, 2017

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Brittany Delaney

It's #FriYay once again, and we're talking to Associate Program Analyst, Brittany Delaney, about her work for Charity Navigator — including her undying love for cookbooks. As an Associate Program Analyst, Brittany is in charge of a certain subset of charities that we rate at Charity Navigator. We asked her a few questions for your #FridayReads.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Charity Navigator Talks Viral Fundraising

Charity Navigator Talks Viral Fundraising

If you’ve been around the nonprofit sector recently,  you’ve probably heard of one of the many viral fundraising campaigns over recent years. When it comes to going viral, a lot of charities have the “wouldn’t it be nice” mentality — and rightfully so. Most viral campaigns happen because of some form of luck. The first-follower principle often stands true — popularity doesn’t occur unless there’s more than one person publicly supporting a cause. We’re breaking down a few of the most viral campaigns that have happened in the past decade — including some from charities we rate at Charity Navigator — to talk about what happened, why it happened, and the moment in time that caused the campaign’s success.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Charity Navigator: Who is Makin' Waves to Save Our Oceans?

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Here, in New Jersey, we’re welcoming the return of summer with open arms. Life is back to the way it’s supposed to be — vans full of excited families and cars packed with best friends clogging the parkway, up and down the coast, trying to reach the beach. Most of us live for these few, precious weeks when the sun is high and the ocean is finally warm enough to swim.

This year, the return of summer and my subsequent return to the shore has me thinking about the ocean in a new way. Most of the world’s largest cities are located along the continental coasts and over 40% of the world’s population live within 60 miles of those coastlines. The ocean is an important and powerful resource for billions of people; it provides food and fosters livelihoods for many, facilitates global transportation of individuals and goods, and oceanic biodiversity is critical to our healthy lives on land.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Zachary Weinsteiger

Zach Weinsteiger, Associate Program Analyst
Zach Weinsteiger, Associate Program Analyst
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It's finally #FriYay, and we're celebrating by introducing you to one of Charity Navigator's analysts, Zach Weinsteiger. Zach is an Associate Program Analyst, which means he's in charge of a certain section of charities rated by Charity Navigator. We asked him a few questions about what makes the #workworthdoing.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Charity Navigator Talks: Volunteer in your PJ's!

I get it—you’re tired! You work all day, run errands, tidy up around the house, and by 8pm, you just want to put on your pajamas and relax. I feel the same way! Some days, I think about adding other things to my schedule, like exercising, picking up a new hobby, or volunteering. While volunteering is an incredibly rewarding experience, it requires a large chunk of time, which is often hard to carve out. So to make it easier for everyone,I’ve found several ways we can all volunteer in our pajamas from our couches!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Leslie Knope: My 4eva #WCW

There are many things I want in life but the only one that seems to matter right now is this: Leslie Knope, star of NBC’s Parks & Rec, existing in real life and being my best friend.

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