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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Power of Monthly Giving



As 2018 draws to a close, many of us are wrapping up our last-minute shopping, gift wrapping, and holiday meal preparations. Don't let your charitable giving slip through the cracks! Donations must be made (or postmarked) by December 31 to count toward the current tax year. 

Now that we've established a proper sense of urgency, let's discuss an easy way to make your year-end donations more impactful. 

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 Cheesman.

“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

4 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. 


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

What is #GivingTuesday?


Thanksgiving is almost here! In two days we'll be gathering around our dining room tables to enjoy a meal with family and friends. And, just as we finish digesting, many of us will hop in our cars and head off to malls and shopping centers to participate in another great American tradition... Black Friday shopping!

Black Friday leads into Small Business Saturday, a time to shop local and support businesses in your backyard. Small Business Saturday makes way for Cyber Monday, the time when we all scour the internet looking for deals on flights and appliances. And now, Cyber Monday ushers in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back. 

But what does that mean? What is #GivingTuesday?


Monday, November 19, 2018

How Does the New Law Affect My Giving to Charity?


Many people choose to make their charitable contributions at the end of the calendar year between Thanksgiving and December 31. Our friends at the National Association of Enrolled Agents contributed this guest post to help you understand how recent changes to the tax code may affect your charitable giving.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ushered in sweeping changes to the tax code that, among other things, increased the amount of money that you can give to charity and take a deduction. Individuals may now deduct charitable contributions of up to 60% of adjusted gross income as compared to 50% last year. So why are analysts forecasting a sharp drop in charitable giving this year?


Friday, November 16, 2018

A Reflection: Why I Give Back


Can you believe Thanksgiving is already next week and the holidays are less than a month away? As we fly at lightning speed into the end of the year busyness, our friend Niki McGloster reflects on why she gives back.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Help Us Improve Charity Navigator!


Whether you've been using Charity Navigator for years or you just discovered our services, we want to hear from you! We want to understand how our users engage with our resources so that we can work to make them even better.


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Friday, November 9, 2018

7 Philanthropic Celebs Who Set a Great Example


Some of Hollywood’s most notable names have taken it upon themselves to share the wealth--literally. 

It’s no surprise that a number of celebrities have used their respective platforms to advocate for charities and causes that they feel passionate about in order to not only help fund different movements, but also help create awareness on how others can help. While we may not have millions of dollars to donate to certain organizations, we can still get involved in our own way by taking action and diving into our own philanthropic research.

To get started, here are 7 celebrity philanthropists who are taking initiative when it comes to charitable causes.


Monday, November 5, 2018

Vote! It's An Easy Way to Support Your Favorite Causes


Tomorrow, Americans across the country will head to the polls to cast their votes for local and state representatives. Will you be one of them?

Voting is a great way to stand up for the causes that matter most to you! Here are a few resources to help you get to the polls and feel confident about your vote...

Friday, November 2, 2018

Important IRS Tips for Anyone Affected by a Disaster


None of us expect to be affected by a natural disaster. But floods, tornadoes, wildfires, and earthquakes have the ability to challenge that mentality in a moment’s notice.

Charity Navigator works closely with the IRS to ensure you have the most up-to-date information to make your charitable giving decisions, particularly in the wake of a disaster. We know that many of our users make donations to the disaster response organizations featured in our Hot Topics because they know what it’s like to be affected by a disaster, or know someone who is being affected by a current disaster.

Knowing this, the IRS has asked us to pass along this important information to our readers. If you, or someone you know, has been affected by a natural disaster please continue to reading. These tips will help you reconstruct your records to prove your losses for tax purposes, getting federal assistance, or insurance reimbursement.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Tennessee


Each week, Charity Navigator features of the highly-rated charities at work in one of the 50 states. Today, we're excited to be talking about a few of Tennessee's top organizations. The charities on this list are hard at work in communities around the state to provide for children, families, and animals in need. They deliver much-needed social services and offer unique learning and cultural opportunities.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Don't Get Spooked by an Online Charity Scam!


Charities do important work to deliver services to individuals, families, and animals in need. They give a voice to the voiceless and make sure they are taken care of. 

At Charity Navigator, we work throughout the year to provide up-to-date charity ratings, tips, and tools to help you give more confidently. But, we know that news of charity fraud can still shake your trust. Here are a few of our quick tips for avoiding an online charity scam.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

10 Free Tools to Help Your Nonprofit Boost Year-End Giving


This guest post was written by our friends at Give Lively.

#GivingTuesday is coming in hot on November 27th. Fortunately, there are free digital tools that any nonprofit can use to prepare for the big day and the year-end giving rush. We compiled a list of ten free services that will help your nonprofit spread the word, wow your supporters, collect data, collaborate with your team, and, most importantly, raise more money!


Monday, October 29, 2018

Resilient Response: A Necessary Shift in Disaster Giving


This guest post was written by our friend Shari Rudolph, Chief Marketing Officer at Good360.

With both the frequency and intensity of natural disasters on the rise around the globe, there’s an urgent need for a more thoughtful approach to the way we respond and help impacted communities recover. Launched in mid-September on the heels of Hurricane Florence and on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, the Resilient Response initiative is a coalition initially formed by All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response and Good360 (both 4-star charities), along with Global Citizen, a nonprofit whose vision is to end extreme poverty by 2030.  

The Resilient Response Initiative is dedicated to the full lifecycle of recovery of communities affected by natural disasters and sheds light on the crucial and immediate need to adjust disaster-giving behaviors among corporations and individuals to better support response and long-term recovery.


Friday, October 26, 2018

Here's How One Charity Harnesses the Power of Veterans for Disaster Recovery

Volunteers help with tree removal in New Bern, NC, after Hurricane Florence.
This guest post was written by our friends at Team Rubicon, a 4-star charity that harnesses the power of veterans to help communities affected by natural disasters rebuild and recover.

Veteran volunteers serving with Team Rubicon are actively responding to Hurricane Florence and Michael- affected communities. Team Rubicon is a disaster response organization that unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon recruits, trains, and engages volunteers year-round, preparing them to serve affected communities whenever disaster strikes. 


Thursday, October 25, 2018

International Charity Fraud Awareness Week: Here's What You Need to Know


Did you know that this week is the first annual International Charity Fraud Awareness Week? 

While the Charities Commission for England & Wales has been holding this event for many years, this year marks the first time that the event has crossed international borders in the hopes of helping donors around the world avoid charity fraud. In collaboration with a variety of entities across the world, the Federal Trade Commission (or FTC) has released its own tips for donors that can help provide a solid base of knowledge for the generous individuals who may want to give to the causes they most care about.  



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Here's How One Charity is Exciting Youth to Make a Difference

Students collecting goods for WE Charity's WE Scare Hunger campaign.

This guest post was written by our friend Scott Baker, the Executive Director of WE Charity, an organization that has a found a unique approach to getting youth involved in their local, national, and global communities.

In a few weeks, streets across the nation will teem with superheroes and monsters. Don’t be surprised when some of the Black Panthers and Harry Potters who ring your doorbell ask for a tin of beans or a box of cereal as well as a chocolate bar.

Every year, youth across North America celebrate Halloween by taking part in the WE Scare Hunger campaign, collecting millions of pounds of food for their local food banks—adding canned goods to their candy haul.

WE Charity began more than 20 years ago as an international development organization, fighting child labor by tackling the underlying poverty that causes it. However, we also realized that, if you really want a better world, you also have to change attitudes here at home, too. The Dalai Lama once observed: “The greatest threat to our world is [that] we're raising a generation of passive bystanders.”


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

10 Best Public Safety Charities



Supporting a firefighter fund or police memorial is a great way to show your appreciation for the commitment and sacrifice of the brave men and women who keep us safe. This week, Charity Navigator is featuring 10 highly-rated charities that are giving back and supporting our heroes. These organizations are dedicated to delivering excellent services while remaining committed to the highest standards for financial health and accountability.


Monday, October 22, 2018

The Paris Call for Trust & Security: How to Own Your Digital Citizenship


We live in an increasingly digital world and we are all, whether we like it or not, digital citizens. We spend the majority of our time interacting in the digital space. We work online, shop online, and communicate online. 

As the world becomes more and more digital, the threat of cyber attacks and cyber warfare increases as well. At Charity Navigator, we believe that we can’t live in fear of these things, but we can take a stand against them. That’s why we’re helping to spread the word about the Paris Call for Trust and Security, and Microsoft’s subsequent Digital Peace Now Initiative. This movement is intended to raise awareness around the need for increased and improved cybersecurity, and encourage people to put an end to cyber warfare and take actions to keep cyber attacks from spreading into the physical world.                            


Friday, October 19, 2018

How to Maximize Your Gift Through Corporate Giving Programs


At Charity Navigator, we believe that every donation--small or large--has the power to make a difference. And, we know that charities we evaluate feel the same way.

But, what if there was a way to make your donation go further?


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Does Impact Information Affect How You Give?


During Giving Season 2017, Charity Navigator partnered with several organizations helping charities measure and report on the impact of their programs. This ‘impact-related’ information takes many forms. Some partners look to help charities determine how their projects and programs will affect their respective populations. Others attempt to more deeply evaluate the structure of charities’ programs, including on-site technical assistance visits to better understand organizational operating procedures. 

Ideally, these actions provide important information for donor decisions related to charity performance and the progress being made toward organizational goals and objectives. These approaches allow a potential donor to see a leading indicator of how their donation will help address the problems the charity is trying to solve. 


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in South Dakota


South Dakota is home to 15 highly-rated charities doing exceptional work in communities around the state. Today, Charity Navigator is featuring a few of those organizations.

These charities are working to solve a spectrum of South Dakota's most pressing issues. They are helping children and families while upholding the highest standards for financial health and accountability.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

World Food Day: Here's What It's All About


Most of us visit our pantries or refrigerators without ever thinking about where are food comes from. But, the story behind our food matters. Our meals represent jobs, and labor, and human hands. They are also tied to our economies and environments.

October 16 is World Food Day—a day set aside to think about the food we eat, understand the realities of world hunger, discuss our food systems, and seek innovative ways to improve them for the health of us, our neighbors, and our world.


Monday, October 15, 2018

Top 10 Habitat for Humanity Affiliates


Habitat for Humanity is an international organization focused on providing safe and affordable homes to families in need. They believe that by providing reliable shelter families will be able to tackle their other challenges.

Habitat for Humanity affiliates work with partners in their communities to secure building materials. They see the families who will buy their homes as "partners" and offer them an affordable place to live in exchange for a set amount of "sweaty equity," or hours spent building their home.

Friday, October 12, 2018

How to Become a Long-Term Partner in Disaster Recovery


Following any disaster, we experience that knee-jerk reaction to give. We see photos and footage of communities devastated by an unpredictable flood, earthquake, or fire and want to help. We imagine ourselves and our families in the situation and our hearts break.

But what happens after the water recedes, the debris has been cleared, and the news crews leave?

True recovery takes more than just a week or two. The rebuilding process after a disaster can take many months and even years.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in South Carolina


Did you know South Carolina is home to more than 60 highly-rated charities?

Today, we're featuring the state's five most highly-rated charities. These outstanding organizations operate programs to care for the physical and emotional needs of South Carolinians around the state, and pets in need of care and forever homes. They remain committed to upholding the highest standards for financial health and accountability as they deliver their important services.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

3 Reasons to Use Charity Navigator's Giving Basket


This month marks 3 years since we launched our Giving Basket feature. We wanted to celebrate the occasion by highlighting 3 features that users love about the Giving Basket. 

But first, we wanted to share our users' dedication to supporting the causes they care about. In our first 3 years, we’ve seen 98,640 users of our site make donations through the Giving Basket. Those users have donated $46.2 million to over 18,000 charities doing work they care about and want to invest in.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Top 10 International Development & Relief Organizations



Every Tuesday, Charity Navigator publishes a new Top 10 list featuring charities working on a particular cause or issue. This week we’re highlighting the ten best international relief and development organizations.

These charities are working on issues like education, health, nutrition, and medical care in developing countries around the world. They are committed to delivering high-quality services in under-resourced communities while maintaining the highest standards for financial health and accountability and transparency.


Monday, October 8, 2018

Pink Ribbon Products: Should You Buy Them?


Each October, it seems like we’re suddenly presented with two versions of the things we want to buy: the product we know and love, and the product we know and love plus a pink ribbon and a promise to support breast cancer research. Who wouldn’t choose the second one? Those pink ribbons are a symbol of solidarity and support.

But, are they also a marketing tool? They seem to be everywhere--coffee cups, workout tops, cans of soda, and hair products. Just this weekend I passed a car dealership with pink ribbons in the windows, and pink balloons on each car. Do these businesses and corporations genuinely care about raising breast cancer awareness and funds to support research, or are they just riding the wave of pink ribbon popularity?


Friday, October 5, 2018

Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence This October


Ten million people in the United States will be abused by an intimate partner this year. This chilling reality is the reason we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month each October. This month, which grew out of the Day of Unity founded in 1981, is intended to raise awareness, empower victims, and connect advocates to end domestic violence.

The women’s movement and victim’s rights movement along with the dedicated work of advocates and organizations like the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Network to End Domestic Violence, and Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Inc. have helped victims find their voices and shape the conversation to raise awareness of domestic violence and make it a thing of the past. 

Keep reading to learn more about the impact these charities are having on this important issue. 


Thursday, October 4, 2018

4 Charities Making an Impact in the Fight Against Breast Cancer


We all know someone--a mother, sister, daughter, aunt, or friend--who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Some of us may have even been on the receiving end of that diagnosis. In the blink of an eye, everything changes. Life seems less certain, and time feels more precious as we, or someone we love, face one of life’s toughest battles.

That is why each October we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a time to celebrate survivors, remember those who lost their battle against breast cancer and bring critical attention to this disease that will affect 1 in 8 women. 

There are a number of highly-rated charities hard at work in October and throughout the year providing education and resources to women to help them reduce their risk of breast cancer, offering medical services and social support to those who have received a diagnosis, and funding cutting-edge research to find a cure for this disease. 

With so many organizations focused on this important cause, it can be hard to know where to donate. Charity Navigator’s ratings and Impact Reports are here to help donors give confidently by providing you with the resources you need to make more informed giving decisions. Keep reading to learn more about four charities that are making an impact in the fight against breast cancer.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Rhode Island


Each week, Charity Navigator highlights a few of the highly-rated charities at work in one of the fifty states. Today we’re talking about five of the outstanding organizations at work in Rhode Island. 

The charities featured in today’s list are committed to providing opportunities for Rhode Island’s youth and important cultural connections for residents of and visitors to the state. They aim to preserve the state’s rich history and create a brighter future while maintaining the highest standards for financial health and accountability and transparency.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

America's 10 Best Community Foundations


Each week, Charity Navigator features a new top ten list of outstanding organizations working on a particular cause or issue. Today, we are sharing America’s ten most highly-rated community foundations.

These community foundations are active in cities, counties, and states across the country. They are empowering donors, large and small, to make a difference through a number of community-focused initiatives. They are focused on addressing the most pressing issues facing their constituents through creative approaches and innovative programs.

Is your local community foundation on this list?


Monday, October 1, 2018

3 Easy Ways to Help Your Neighbors this Fall


Fall is finally here, and there’s no better time to get involved in your community. It’s not too hot and not too cold, which means it’s the perfect time to be outside! And, as you get ready to hunker down for winter, there are lots of ways to consider your neighbors in need.

We’re sharing a few easy ways you can get involved in your community this fall, and simple tips for giving back. 


Friday, September 28, 2018

Everything’s Bigger in Texas: The Nonprofit Optimization and Innovation Summit




If you’re in the nonprofit space, you know the fated truth about the sector: there is a nonprofit conference for anything. Belong in a nonprofit federation? Check. Looking for direct marketing? Done. Have a desire to learn about nonprofit technology? It’s there. 

But having been in the sector for several years, I’ve only heard of one tried and true summit devoted to focusing on the best and brightest on nonprofit marketing (and to help nonprofits grow, test, learn, expand, and develop). In two days. In Texas. The Nonprofit Innovation and Optimization Summit. 

This year, Charity Navigator was invited to attend the 2018 NIO Summit to discuss the awesome stories that are fed through the beautiful San Antonio venue of the Aztec Theatre. As a nonprofit marketer myself, one of the first sessions stuck out to me. Jamie Blomquist of Google’s Marketing Solutions presented on “Forward Fundraising - Aligning Strategy and Spend with Changing Behavior.” If you’ve gotten this far in my blog post, and don’t happen to work for a nonprofit, this post is for you, too. 


Thursday, September 27, 2018

WE Day is Uniting Youth to Make a Difference

Sarah Michelle Gellar onstage at WE Day UN

Imagine waking up every morning intending to make it easier for anyone and everyone to get involved in making the world a better place.  As the Chief Operating Officer of Charity Navigator, I like to believe that this is my job. Then I met Craig Kielburger who, at age 12, decided that he needed to eliminate oppressive child labor policies that are destroying young lives. Craig enlisted his older brother, Marc and the two of them set off to change the world. What they created is the large, well-managed, and international WE Charity. I wouldn’t have imagined that two teens could deliver on such an extraordinary mission. Then I sat down with Craig. 



Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Pennsylvania


Each week, Charity Navigator highlights a few of the awesome charities working in communities in one of the fifty states. This week we're featuring 5 of Pennsylvania's most highly-rated organizations.

These excellent charities are working on behalf of individuals and families in towns and cities across Pennsylvania. They are filling unique gaps and finding innovative solutions to ongoing problems while remaining committed to upholding the highest standards for financial health and accountability.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

America's 10 Best Medical Research Organizations


Every Tuesday, Charity Navigator features a new list of ten outstanding organizations working on a particular cause or issue. This week we're highlighting America's ten most highly-rated medical research organizations.

These charities are committed to funding cutting-edge research and finding breakthroughs for a spectrum of conditions and diseases. They are also dedicated to using donors funds wisely in their journey to find a cure.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Hurricane Florence: How One Charity is Delivering Aid to Affected Communities


In the wake of any disaster there is an immediate human reaction to want to jump in and help. Most of us aren’t able to travel from affected area to affected area serving meals or gutting homes so we help with our dollars. Charity Navigator publishes our Hot Topics lists to empower donors, like you, to give confidently in any situation. These lists feature highly-rated charities that have confirmed they are responding in the affected areas and have shared how they will be using donors’ gifts.

One of the charities included in our Hurricane Florence Hot Topic, SBP, recently wrote this piece on how they plan to use donors’ contributions to help families and communities affected by the storm.

Disaster recovery can be overwhelming and confusing, but SBP exists to ease the recovery process. SBP has developed a comprehensive plan to assist in the recovery following Hurricane Florence.


Friday, September 21, 2018

5 Great Charities to Visit on Museum Day


On Saturday, September 22, the Smithsonian Institution’s Smithsonian Magazine is sponsoring Museum Day. Visitors can purchase a ticket through the Smithsonian Magazine that allows them to visit any (and as many) of the participating museums on that day. This is a great opportunity to visit and explore some of the cultural and historical institutions in your neighborhood.

The list of more than 1,500 participating museums includes a variety of art, science, history, and children’s institutions. Keep reading to learn more about a few of them and use Charity Navigator to explore others before you plan your visit.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Oregon


Every Thursday, Charity Navigator highlights a few of the outstanding organizations at work in one of the fifty states. Today we're talking about a few of Oregon's most highly-rated charities. These organizations are working in and with communities across the state to increase access to learning and cultural opportunities for all, create healthy spaces for people and animals to flourish, and improve protect and defend the state's environment.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

We all eat. We need farmers.


Farmers’ hands sustain us. They grow the vegetables we turn into salads, the fruits that we snack on, and the grains that become our flour. They raise the animals whose milk we drink, cheese we eat, and the meat we prepare. 

We depend on farmers. But who can farmers depend on when volatile weather threatens their harvest and shifts in the agricultural economy jeopardize their livelihood?

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with Jennifer Fahy, Communications Director at Farm Aid. We spoke for almost an hour about the organization and the work they’re doing to support family farmers and strengthen their economy. Somewhere in the middle of our conversation, she said simply, “We all eat. We need farmers.” I scribbled the statement down in my notebook in all caps. Traced it and retraced it with my pen. Underlined it, and drew a large, dark box around it.


We all eat. We need farmers.

Her statement resonated deeply within me because I’m the daughter and granddaughter of family farmers. I know it’s true. 


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

10 Charities with Perfect Scores


Each week Charity Navigator shares a new Top 10 list of highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or issue. This week’s list is extra special because we’re featuring a few of the organizations that have earned perfect scores from us--that’s no small feat! 

These outstanding organizations are working on a number of issues in communities across the United States and around the world. Is your favorite organization on this list?


Monday, September 17, 2018

How to Give: Restricted v. Unrestricted Funding


Is it better to tell the charities you support how you want your donations to be used, or leave it up to them to determine?

Keep reading to learn the key differences between “restricted” and “unrestricted” funding and what they mean for your favorite organizations.


Friday, September 14, 2018

The Power of Volunteers


As the East Coast braces for and recovers from what some experts have called a "storm of a lifetime," Charity Navigator is remembering the 2017 hurricane season. Just one year ago, three of the most powerful, destructive, and expensive hurricanes ever recorded--Harvey, Irma, and Maria--tore through the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast, and the Southeastern United States. Within just a few weeks of one another, these storms pummeled hundreds of communities leaving a trail of in their paths.

In the immediate wake of each storm, disaster response organizations were on the ground and calling in additional staff to begin delivering aid and relief in the affected communities. Donations poured in from individuals in the United States and around the world. And then came the volunteers. Volunteers from all walks of life descended on the affected areas to partner with response groups to begin the recovery process. They handed out food and supplies, manned temporary shelters, and began tearing down and rebuilding homes.

Keep reading to learn a little bit more about the power of volunteers following a crisis or disaster.


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Oklahoma


Every Thursday, Charity Navigator features several highly-rated charities at work in one of the fifty states. This week we’re talking about five of the outstanding organizations working in communities across the state of Oklahoma. 

Keep reading to learn a little bit more about the ways unique ways these organizations are serving their communities and providing opportunities to learn and grow to Oklahomans.