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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.

It is important to begin by letting you know that our new impact reports are not factored into a charity’s rating. We do not have a method or rubric for scoring the information in these reports at this time. The presence of a report, however, indicates a charity’s willingness to collect and report on impact-related data and information. This is a significant step forward as we work toward developing a process to collect, report, on and evaluate charities’ impact.

The data in our impact reports are provided by one of three partners: Classy, GlobalGiving, or GuideStar. Each partner has its own criteria for collecting data from the charities they work with so each report is structured a bit differently. Regardless of the source, the information helps explain what the organization is doing to further their mission, advance their cause, and improve our world. 

You can find out more about this collaboration and the ways our partners collect their data on at www.charitynavigator.org/impact.

While the presence of an impact report indicates that the organization has taken additional measures collect and report on the results of their work, the lack of an impact report should not be taken negatively. The nonprofit sector recognizes the importance of collecting this information to validate charities’ performance, however building reporting procedures and structures is a slow process. If you are interested in learning more about a charity’s impact, consider contacting the organization directly. Charity Navigator recommends asking some simple questions before deciding to make a gift.

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