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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What Do Charity Navigator's Impact Reports Mean for You?


You trust Charity Navigator to bring you free, unbiased ratings of the nation’s largest charities. But did you know we also offer impact reports for more than 2,400 of our rated charities? In November, we launched a partnership with Classy, GlobalGiving, and GuideStar to bring you even more information about the charities you support or are interested in supporting.

We’re taking a look at the information available in these reports and how you can use that to inform you’re giving decisions.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Music Charities That Are Hitting The High Notes


Each week Charity Navigator brings you a list of 10 highly-rated charities with a specific focus. Today we’re sharing 10 outstanding charities working to preserve and expand music education and access to the musical arts. These organizations from around the country offer unique opportunities for musicians and music lovers to engage in this craft.

If you believe in the value of music education, consider supporting one of these four-star charities today.


Monday, February 26, 2018

These 4 Questions Will Help You Give Confidently


It always feels good to give, but it feels even better when you know how your gift will be used to benefit the cause you care about. These simple questions paired with Charity Navigator’s free ratings and complementary tools will help you give confidently.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Charity Navigator's Guide to Spotting a Fake Charity


Why do you give? Because it feels good to give back to a cause you’re passionate about, right? 

There are so many great organizations hard at work to make our world a better place. However, there are always a few bad apples ready to ruin the joy in giving for everyone. And that’s why Charity Navigator is here! We offer all of our charity evaluations, tools, and resources to you completely free of charge to help you give confidently. With Charity Navigator you can give generously, knowing your gift will go to organization that will use it to do the most good.

Today we’re sharing a few tips to help you spot a fake charity before you give.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Connecticut


Each week, Charity Navigator highlights a few of the highly-rated charities serving a particular state as part of our "Cross-Country Tour" series. Last week we took a look at some of the organizations serving the people and places of Colorado. This week we're heading east to check out a few of Connecticut's outstanding organizations.

Connecticut marks the southern end of New England It's situated along the Atlantic between the New York metro area and the sleepy, picturesque towns of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. While it's the third smallest state, it's also the fourth most densely populated. Learn more about some of the organizations serving the residents of communities of the Constitution State today.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Taking a Closer Look at Charity Navigator's Ratings: Accountability & Transparency


Charity Navigator offer two-dimensional evaluations of more than 9,000 of the nation’s largest charities. Last week we dug into the first dimension, financial health, to explain what we look for and what the numbers say about a charity’s performance. Today we’re going to spend some time looking at the second dimension, accountability and transparency. This facet takes into account a charity’s policies for being open and honest with their constituents and donors, and the structures they have in place to reduce the risk of fraud and wrongdoing.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Charities with the Most Consecutive 4 Star Ratings


Every week, Charity Navigator brings you a list of 10 highly-rated organizations to inspire your charitable giving. This week we’re recognizing 10 organizations who continue to prove they are committed to excellence year after year. Of the more than 9,000 organizations currently evaluated by Charity Navigator, these organizations have received the most consecutive 4-star ratings.

Take a moment to check out this list of exceptional organizations and learn a little bit more about the work they’re doing to make our world a better place.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Taking a Closer Look at Charity Navigator's Ratings: Financial Health


Charity Navigator offers more than 9,000 two-dimensional charity ratings. Our ratings take into account a charity’s financial health, as well as their accountability and transparency. 

Today we’re going to be taking a closer look at what we factor into a charity’s financial health rating. Please remember this only makes up half of an organization’s evaluation and you should take the full rating into account before making a giving decision.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Colorado


This week we're heading east from California to stop in Colorado and feature some of the highly-rated charities serving the people and communities of the Centennial State. The organizations in this state are as diverse as its breathtaking landscape of mountains, valleys, plains, rivers, and canyons.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Let Charity Navigator Help You #LoveACharity


Cupid is calling and he wants you to #LoveACharity for Valentine’s Day. Better pick up!

After the November and December giving season, charities typically experience a steep drop in donations for a couple months.

Help the sector combat this annual dip in giving by choosing to #LoveACharity this Valentine’s Day.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Highly-Rated Pet Rescue Organizations


Each Tuesday, we share a list of ten highly-rated charities. A few weeks ago we shared our top ten dog charities. Today, we’re sharing our top ten cat and pet rescue organizations.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Donating Under the New Tax Law


There has been much discussion about the effect the new tax law may have on the charities you support. With the standard deduction doubling, some estimates suggest that charitable giving in the United States could drop by $20 billion. This would significantly weaken the power of organizations to provide important services to individuals in your community and state, our country, and people around the globe.

Today we’re sharing a few ideas for continuing to support your favorite organizations under the new law.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Get the Most Out of Your Charity Navigator Account


These days, it feels like every site we visit requires us to make an account. 

Want to order lunch? Log in. 
Want to buy new shoes? Log in.
Want to schedule an appointment? Two-factor log in.

And let’s not even get into creating and remembering passwords for all of those accounts.

In our online world of login overload why would anyone bother to create an optional Charity Navigator account? Because it’s a simple way to start doing more with your charitable giving.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: California


Each week Charity Navigator stops in a new state to highlight some of the highly-rated charities there. This week, more than ever before, we wish our cross-country tour wasn’t just figurative. We’d love to be soaking up on the sun on a Southern California beach or hiking through the redwood forests of Northern California, rather than bundling up to face New Jersey’s frigid winter.

Did you know that in addition to its diverse landscape and unique cultural hubs the Sunshine State is also home to nearly 1,000 3- and 4- star charities? We’re excited to share a few of the great organizations serving the people, communities, and environment of California.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Charity Navigator Celebrates American Heart Month


Did you know that February is American Heart Month?

The first American Heart Month was celebrated in 1964 by declaration of President Lyndon B. Johnson. At that time more than half of deaths in the United States were caused by cardiovascular disease. Today, through increased awareness and prevention measures, that number has dropped to one quarter of deaths annually. However, heart disease remains the leading cause of death globally.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Reading & Literacy Charities


Did you know that February is National Library Lovers Month? 

In honor of this important month Charity Navigator is dedicating this Top 10 Tuesday to sharing a list of highly-rated organizations working to improve literacy among children and individuals in the United States and abroad. In addition to receiving Charity Navigator’s top marks these organizations are making strides to help more people find a love of reading.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Charity Navigator Celebrates Black History Month


Each February the United States observes Black History Month. This month is intended to honor the history, struggles, and triumphs of black people in America and across the world.
  
There are a number of excellent charities across the country that are working diligently to promote black health, education, rights and community development in February and throughout the rest of the year. Charity Navigator has your guide to supporting one of these outstanding organizations this month.


Friday, February 2, 2018

Philanthropy Inspired by Super Bowl LII


On Sunday, the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will face off in the hallmark of the NFL season… Super Bowl LII. Millions of people across the country will tune to watch the game--some with a vested interest in the outcome, others curious to see what Budweiser’s marketing department has been up to.

You may not know that Charity Navigator is settled just 11 miles from the New York Giants’ stadium. With our home team* out of contention long ago we are turning our focus in the days before the Super Bowl to highlighting some of the outstanding organizations that are serving the communities many will be cheering for on Sunday.

Whether your team wins, loses, or you’re just in it for the commercials, check out this list and consider supporting one of these highly-rated organizations.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Arkansas


Each week Charity Navigator “stops” in a new state as part of our efforts to highlight outstanding charities across the country. This week we’re in Arkansas!

In addition to hosting the only publicly-accessible diamond-bearing site in the world, Arkansas, the Natural State, is home to beautiful mountains, forests, and rivers. It is also home to a number of highly-rated charities working hard to support the people, communities, and environment of this great state.