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Friday, August 4, 2017

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Kevin Doyle

Charity Navigator Analyst Interview: Kevin Doyle
As the first week of August is slowly rolling around to a close, Charity Navigator is bringing you another member of our Analyst Team for your #FridayReads. Meet Kevin, one of our Senior Program Analysts. We sat down with him to learn more about what he finds to be the best part of working at Charity Navigator.

What’s your favorite animal video?
Just one?!? I guess I’ll go with Luna the Otter at Shedd Aquarium:

What’s the best part of working at Charity Navigator?
I love the people I work with - the staff at CN is smart, talented, and very funny.

What’s the best question about Charity Navigator that you’ve ever gotten?
A user once emailed us because she had noticed that her garden had far fewer bees in it than she usually saw, and she was curious if other people had noticed the same. I found the contact information for a local honey bee research center and passed it along. This question was a great reminder of how far-reaching the philanthropic sector can be.

What you love most about your role at Charity Navigator?
The best thing about what I do is the constant opportunity to learn more about the non-profit sector, and specifically about the cause areas I am responsible for rating. There are so many phenomenal non-profits out there doing great work!

What’s your favorite office memory?
Definitely going to see the New Jersey Jackals play minor league baseball. Though Mariah needs to remember to duck when they hit foul balls into the stands.

Which charity set are you most passionate about and why?
I care deeply about animal rights, so the Animals category is very important to me.

What’s one thing you wish people knew about the charitable sector/non-profits?
It feels good to give! Rather than seeing charitable donations as a chore or responsibility, it can be a whole lot of fun to be proactive in your giving - finding charities with missions that align with your interests lets you feel like you’re a part of a community working towards a common goal.

Where do you see Charity Navigator in 5 years?
I see CN continuing to lead the movement towards improved donor education, as well as moving towards a more robust look at trends in impact reporting in the sector.

What’s a secret skill you have that no one knows about?

I am a master rock-paper-scissors player. If anyone in the office wants to test that out, I’ll let you know in advance that I’m planning on throwing Rock next time I play.

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Tatum said...

Keep up the fantastic, compassionate work Kevin! I was at Charity Navigator looking into an organization (Border Angels) before donating, and saw your profile/interview pop up. I love animals more than anything, so though I really appreciate all the work you're doing, I especially admire your dedication on the behalf of those with no voice. Endangered species are now more endangered than ever with new legislation being pushed through Congress while most are too overwhelmed with all the other political disasters even to notice, and ALL animals and their environments need more protection since we live in a world where POTUS can pull us out of the Paris Agreement.
People like you give me hope in these dark days when it seems like half of America (or maybe just the 33% who are POTUS supporters?) has lost its collective mind, as well as all compassion for those in need, be they human or animal. You're an inspiration and deserve the recognition as such. Thank you. Cheers, Lee

Pete Main said...

It is an informative post.