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Friday, March 30, 2018

Things We Love: Philanthropy Inspired by Friends

At Charity Navigator, we believe you can find charitable inspiration anywhere. That’s why, from time to time, we feature a list of highly-rated charities inspired by one of our favorite things, like a book or a TV show.

Today, we’re finding inspiration in the 90s hit we all love to binge watch on Netflix: Friends.

Friends’ cast of unique, lovable characters make for philanthropic inspiration anyone can relate to.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Idaho

Each week, as part of our Cross-Country Tour series, Charity Navigator features a few of the highly-rated charities working to improve the lives of people and communities in one of the 50 states. This week, we’re talking about Idaho!

The following organizations are hard at work in the Gem State to help youth and families succeed, expand access to arts and culture, and conserve the state the so many Idahoans know and love.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spring Cleaning? Give Your Clothes, Books, and Toys a Second Life

Do you have the spring cleaning itch? You know, the one you get as spring begins to break through with blossoms and sunshine? The one that makes you want to put on some music, open the windows, rip open the closet doors, and start throwing things away. The one that promises a fresh start after a long winter.

Perhaps, like me, you’ve already started your spring cleaning in hopes that it would usher in spring a little quicker. If you have, you’re probably familiar with the large pile of clothes and things in the corner that you’re finally willing to admit you will never wear, use, or look at again. 

My pile, which is shamefully big and greets me every morning, is the reason for this post. It’s full of clothes and things that have life left in them but are ready for a new home. If your pile is like mine, keep reading!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Botanical Gardens

Each Tuesday, Charity Navigator brings you a new Top 10 list as part of our Top 10 Tuesday series. 

This week, we’re celebrating that it’s finally starting to feel like spring and sharing a list of the ten most highly-rated botanical gardens in the United States. These organizations remain committed to maintaining nonprofit best practices while providing spaces for people to come and enjoy plants and nature.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Is Your Donation Tax-Deductible?

Tax Day, April 15, is just around the corner. That means many of us are about to begin the mad dash of rounding up our forms, statements, and receipts, while we can still make an appointment with an accountant.

In the midst of the Tax Day scramble, Charity Navigator is dropping in to talk a bit about the tax-deductibility of charitable giving. Keep reading to learn what qualifies as a tax-deductible donation.

Friday, March 23, 2018

How Charity Navigator Became America's Trusted Guide to Giving

Each year, millions of Americans use Charity Navigator to research charities before donating so they can give confidently knowing their gifts will be well spent. Today we’re sharing the story of how Charity Navigator came to be and how it’s grown into America’s leading, independent charity evaluator.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Hawaii

Each week, as part of our Cross-Country Tour series, Charity Navigator spends some time featuring a few of the highly-rated charities serving the people and communities of one of the 50 states. 

Today, we’re escaping the snow piled up outside of our New Jersey office and heading to Hawaii! The Aloha state is home to 23 highly-rated charities working to improve the lives of Hawaiians, their communities, and their culture. Check out a few of them below.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

#DontForgetPuertoRico: 6 Months After Maria

This week marks the six-month anniversary of Hurricane Maria. The Category 5 hurricane was the worst to hit the island in nearly a century. It left thousands of people stranded, some without homes, others without power or clean water. While much has been done on the island to repair damage and infrastructure, the road to full recovery is long and, six months later, there is fear that the world may be forgetting about Puerto Rico.

Documentary filmmaker Michael Thomas released a short video from a recent trip to Puerto Rico. In it he identifies some of the issues that are still plaguing the island after Hurricane Maria and challenges us: #DontForgetPuertoRico.

Keep reading to learn more about what you can do to help today.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Most Followed Charities

Each week, Charity Navigator brings you a list of ten highly-rated charities to inspire your giving and introduce you to organizations you may not know. Today we’re sharing our Top 10 charities with the most Charity Navigator followers. You can use your Charity Navigator account to “follow” organizations and get notifications when their ratings have been updated. These organizations are some of the most popular among Charity Navigator account users.

Plus, keep reading to learn more how a free Charity Navigator account can help to simplify your giving!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Understanding the Charity Navigator Advisory System

Have you come across a yellow, orange, or red Charity Navigator Advisory System seal while using our website to research a charity? Did you know what it meant? Today we’re breaking it down to help you better understand our Advisory System, how a charity gets added to our advisory list, and what that means to you, as a donor. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Georgia

Heading north from Florida, Charity Navigator is making the next stop on our cross-country tour in Georgia. Each week we take a look at a few of the highly-rated charities serving the people and places in a new state.

From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, Georgia, also known as the Peach State, is home to beautiful landscapes and diverse communities. Take a few moments to learn more about some of the state's outstanding organizations.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Highly-Rated Celebrity Charities: Volume 2

Last July, we shared a list of five highly-rated charities founded by some of your favorite celebrities. We're back with another list of great organizations started by a few familiar faces!

Keep reading to learn more about what George Clooney, Dolly Parton, Michael J. Fox, Bette Midler, and Jay-Z are passionate about and how they're turning that into action.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Sports Charity MVPs

kids playing baseball and sliding into base

In the excited spirit of competition and good sportsmanship, Charity Navigator is sharing a list of highly-rated sports charities. These organizations have a proven commitment to financial health and good governance, and are dedicated to expanding access to athletics for all people.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Charity Navigator's Guide to Managing Your Mailbox

We know you’ve opened to the mailbox to find a seemingly endless stack of store flyers, bills, and charity solicitations. You sort your way through the sale papers and coupons, set the bills aside, and now you’re left with the daunting mountain of solicitations--each one from a worthwhile organization in need of your support.

Perhaps you recognize one or two because you gave to them last year, but now there’s three new organizations--charities you haven’t given to before. How’d they get there? And how do you stop this from happening?

Take a few minutes to read our tips for managing your mailbox.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Florida

Each week, Charity Navigator “stops” in a new state to feature a few of the highly-rated organizations serving the people, communities, and environment there. This week we’re heading south from Delaware and making our way to Florida.

We’re featuring ten of Florida’s top organizations, but the state is home to more than 370 highly-rated charities. You can find them using Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Charity Navigator Celebrates International Women's Day

Each year, on March 8, countries around the world observe International Women’s Day. This day is set apart to recognize the achievements of women around the world and the ongoing movement for equality.

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Charity Navigator is featuring a number of highly-rated charities promoting women’s education, health, social services, and rights.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Charity Navigator Celebrates Music in Our Schools Month

Did you know that March is Music in Our Schools Month? To celebrate, Charity Navigator is highlighting a few highly-rated organizations that are helping student across the country fall in love with music. These charities are committed to remaining financially healthy and accountable, while providing outstanding youth programs.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Perfect Score Charities Relying on Private Contributions

Each Tuesday, Charity Navigator features a Top 10 list of highly-rated charities that work on a particular cause or demonstrate best practices. This week we’re sharing a list of ten outstanding organizations that rely, almost entirely, on private contributions. These organizations receive 95% or more of their funding from donors, like you. Additionally, all of these organizations have received perfect scores from Charity Navigator signaling that they are fiscally healthy and responsible and committed to good governance practices.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities Helping Kids Find Their Love of Art

Art education provides an outlet for exploration, discovery, and self-expression. Today we’re sharing a few of the highly-rated charities working to provide kids across the country with access to this important creative outlet. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Should You Donate to that Crowdfunding Campaign?

These days, crowdfunding campaigns are everywhere. Small charities use them to raise funds for a specific project or need. Friends use them to spread the word about a charity they’re passionate about. And they often pop up in the wake of disaster to raise money for victims or unexpected costs. They all seem like worthwhile and important causes, but how can you know whether or not a campaign is legitimate? We’re sharing a few tips to help you decide if you should support that campaign.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Delaware

Charity Navigator aims to inspire your philanthropy by providing with charity ratings and the tools you need to give confidently, as well as lists of highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or in a specific area. 

We are working our way across the country week-by-week to feature some of the highly-rated organizations serving the people and communities of each state. This week we’re taking a look at some of Delaware’s top charities. These organizations are working hard to protect the history and culture of the First State and provide for its residents and families.