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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Massachusetts

Each week, Charity Navigator visits a new state and features a few of the highly-rated charities serving the people, animal, and communities there.

Did you know Massachusetts is home to almost 300 highly-rated charities?! We're talking about a few of them here, but you can learn more about the rest of them at Charity Navigator

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

7 of the best nonprofit blogs to follow

Are you passionate about nonprofits, constantly looking for updates on the trends or questions in the charitable sector, but aren’t really sure which resources are best for you?

On today’s Charity Navigator blog post, we’re highlighting some of the most popular blogs and newsletters that people in, and out of, the industry follow to stay up to date on topics related to giving.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Tuesday: Best Charities for the Performing Arts

Each week, Charity Navigator shares a new Top 10 list to inspire your philanthropy and introduce you to exceptional organizations you might not know.

This week, we're featuring the ten most highly-rated performing arts charities. These organizations cover a broad range of disciplines, but all are working to make the arts more open and accessible to all. Love the arts? Keep reading to learn more and be inspired by these outstanding groups.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Charity Navigator Celebrates Memorial Day

Each year, at the end of the May, we’re given a day off to remember those who sacrificed everything for our safety and freedoms. Acknowledge their bravery, service, and sacrifice by making a gift to a highly-rated organization that is helping active duty and wounded troops, veterans, and their families.

Charity Navigator’s Military Appreciation Month Hot Topic features a list of highly-rated charities that are committed to serving these brave men and women and their families. Keep reading to learn more about a few of them here, then head to the Hot Topic to see the full list.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Maryland

Each week, Charity Navigator's cross-country tour takes us to a new state where we stop and feature a few of the highly-rated charities at work there. Today we're in Maryland. 

Heading south from last week's stop in Maine, we find ourselves in the Chesapeake Bay state. Maryland boasts rural and urban areas, as well as diverse waterways and a beachfront. It is also home to nearly 150 highly-rated charities. Keep reading to learn more about a few of those organizations.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Your Guide to Giving like an Impact Investor

Impact investing, a term that’s become increasingly buzzy in recent years, can be used to describe a broad range of investments made in corporations, funds, and organizations that seek a financial and social return.

Impact investing in the for-profit and nonprofit spheres has grown exponentially in the last decade. Consequently, there have been discussions in academic circles, the financial realm, and the charitable sector about what this rapid movement toward impact investing means for the future of charities.

Maybe you’re asking yourself, “Am I an impact investor?”, or “Do I want to be an impact investor?”, or “Does any of this really matter?”. My guess is that most of you reading this, like me, do not have an advanced degree in finance or economics. Perhaps you’ve heard the term “impact investing” but your understanding of the practice stops there.

Let’s take a few moments to explore impact investing, and understand what tools and resources are available to help donors, of all sizes, make more informed and impactful giving decisions.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Charities with Perfect Scores (Vol. 3)

Each week, Charity Navigator brings you a new Top 10 list featuring highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or issue. Today we’re highlighting a few more of the organizations that have received perfect scores… that’s right 100 points!

Earning a perfect score from Charity Navigator is no small feat. To do so, an organization must remain committed to upholding the highest standards for financial health and good governance, while working to achieve their mission. Additionally, you’ll notice that many of these organizations have an impact report on their rating page. While these reports are not factored in charities’ ratings, they do show that the organization is making a concerted effort to track and report on the outcomes of their work.

Keep reading to learn more about a few of these exceptional charities.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Red Nose Day is Coming...

Perhaps you’ve seen a television ad, a billboard, or a box of red noses sitting on the Walgreen’s counter... Red Nose Day is almost here! But, what is it? The annual event, launched in the United States in 2015, brings people together to have fun and raise money for an important cause: ending child poverty.

Since its launch in 2015, Red Nose Day has raised more than $100 million to help more than 8 million children living in poverty in the United States and abroad. How? By empowering donors, like you, to get involved. Keep reading to learn how you can join in!

Friday, May 18, 2018

10 Museums to Know on International Museum Day

Each year, the International Council of Museums sponsors International Museum Day, a time to celebrate museums as “important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace among peoples.

In honor of International Museum Day, Charity Navigator is sharing a list of the ten most highly-rated museums that we currently evaluate. They span a broad range of topics from history to art to science, and are located all over the United States. Consider supporting one of these important cultural insitutions today. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Maine

Each week, as part of our Cross-Country Tour series, Charity Navigator features a few of the highly-rated charities working in one of the states. Thus far, our tour has had us weaving back and forth across the country, spending some time in the Pacific, a few weeks in the West, and lots of time in the Midwest. This week we’re finally heading back to the East Coast! This week we’re “stopping” in Maine and learning a bit more about the organizations at work there.

Located at the top of the United States’ eastern coast, Maine is the easternmost state. It’s known for its unique landscapes--from dense forest to a rocky coastline dotted with small sea towns. There are nearly fifty highly-rated organizations serving the state of Maine with programs ranging from environmental protection to health and education to animal care. Keep reading to learn more about a few of the state’s exceptional charities.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Things We Love: Philanthropy Inspired by the Royal Wedding

At Charity Navigator, we believe philanthropic inspiration is all around us. We all have the desire to do good and help others, but sometimes we don’t know where to start. Take a look around… What excites you? What brings you joy? How can those things inspire you to make the world a better place?

Today, we’re finding inspiration in the Royal Wedding. Ahead of their weekend nuptials, Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Marckle asked excited spectators to share in their special moment by supporting one of seven charities the couple selected based on their interests and passions. For those of us watching the wedding on this side of the Pond, we created a list of highly-rated charities working on similar issues in the United States. 

Keep reading to see which charities made the happy couple’s list and who we’ve chosen as their American counterparts.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top Best Zoos & Aquariums

Each week Charity Navigator features ten highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or issue. This week we’re featuring the ten highest rated charities in our Zoos and Aquariums sub-category.

As you’re looking ahead to summer, consider a trip to one of these great zoos or aquariums to learn more about the rare or unique animals you probably can’t find in your backyard. All of these organizations have been recognized for their exceptional work to protect and conserve wildlife, and connect hundreds of thousands of visitors to one-of-a-kind visits each year.

Is your favorite zoo on this list? Keep reading to find out... 

(Plus, we've included lots of cute animals gifs!)

Monday, May 14, 2018

Get Involved in Food Allergy Awareness Week

According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), food allergies affect as many as 15 million Americans. And, it is estimated, that one in every thirteen children has a food allergy. Reactions to food allergies can range from hives or an itchy throat to life-threatening anaphylaxis. That is why it is important to understand what food allergies are and how we can all help to make our communities safe spaces for those diagnosed with them.

Today marks the start of Food Allergy Awareness Week. This week, organizations like FARE, as well as schools, medical centers, and local groups will hold events and publish materials to educate the public about food allergies.

Keep reading to learn more FARE and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, two highly-rated organizations working to raise awareness of and combat food allergies, as well as ways to get involved in Food Allergy Awareness Week.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Give Confidently with Charity Navigator

While we are prompted to donate for many different reasons, one purpose unites all charitable giving: doing good. The desire to do good is a powerful force. It is hopeful and optimistic. It believes that no problem is too big to be solved. And it will change the world.

Charity Navigator is here to help you give confidently knowing that your donations will do good and change the world. Our unbiased charity ratings and complementary resources are just one facet of our service. Keep reading to learn more about Charity Navigator, what we offer, and how we can help you change the world.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Louisiana

Each week, Charity Navigator features a few of the highly-rated charities in one of the fifty states. Today, we’re heading down to the Gulf of Mexico to learn more about a few of Louisiana’s top organizations. 

Louisiana’s Creole and Cajun cultures reflect its history as a melting pot for African, American, and French-Canadian heritage. New Orleans, the state’s most popular city, is known for its annual Mardi Gras celebration, unique French Quarter, and rich musical traditions.

This week, we’re looking at a few of the organizations that are serving the children, families, and animals of this diverse region, and working to protect its rich cultural traditions and unique ecosystems. Keep reading to learn more.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Wheelie Great Charities to Support During National Bike Month

National Bike Month celebrates cycling for sport, fun, and a powerful means of transportation. Cities across the country host events to teach children and families about bike safety, and encourage movement and physical activity.

In addition to these local events, there are a number of highly-rated charities helping people in the United States and around the world learn to love cycling and provide bicycles to those in need. Keep reading to learn more about a few of these outstanding organizations and the work they’re doing, and consider supporting one today.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Highly-Rated Charities Protecting Our Environment

Each week, Charity Navigator features a new list of ten highly-rated organizations working on a particular cause or issue. Today, we're celebrating the fact that the flowers and trees are finally blooming, the grass is green again, and the air is warm. We're talking about ten of the top charities in our environmental cause area.

The charities work on a spectrum of issues related to our environment, like sustainable agriculture and environmental policy. Keep reading to learn more!

Monday, May 7, 2018

These Classroom-Focused Charities Get an A+

Most of us can still name our favorite teacher, what they taught, and how they made learning fun. Some of us can even describe their classroom -- how they arranged the desks, what books they laid out, and the way they decorated. Often, our teachers have an impact on us beyond the subjects they teach.

Today kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week. Show some love for the men and women teaching and training our next generation. Consider supporting a highly-rated organization supporting teachers and providing the supplies and opportunities they need to make their classrooms hubs of learning and exploration for their students.

Friday, May 4, 2018

A Case for Reasonable Compensation of Charity Employees

H. Art Taylor, our friend and President and CEO of Give.org, contributed this guest post based on his work and position on compensation and salaries in the charitable sector. The views and opinions expressed are his own. 

Many people prefer donating to charities that pay the least to compensate staff. While it is possible that a charity could engage in excessive compensation practices, this is far from the norm. In my experience, in more cases than not, charity employees earn far more for their work than they get paid. Yet in our culture, we expect that employees should be paid less for charity work.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Kentucky

Charity Navigator's cross-country tour has kept us criss-crossing the United States for a while. We've been east. We've been west. And, for a few weeks, we seemed to be settled in the Midwest. But now we're on the move again! This week, we're leaving Kansas and heading to Kentucky. 

Known for its beautiful countryside dotted with farms, ranches, and horses, Kentucky is also home to almost 70 highly-rated organizations. These charities serve the people and communities of the Bluegrass State in a multitude of ways. Keep reading to learn more about a few of them.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Take A Look! These Highly-Rated Charities are Promoting Healthy Vision Around the World

Healthy eyesight and good vision care are things most of us take for granted. But, for some in the United States and many people around the world, good sight and eye care are not a guarantee. Thankfully, there are organizations committed to providing vision care and curing conditions like macular degeneration and blindness in communities around the world.

In honor of Healthy Vision Month, Charity Navigator is featuring a few of the highly-rated charities working to eradicate vision issues and improve access to eye care.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Hot Topics Charities That Receive The Most Giving Basket Support

Charity Navigator just kicked off our annual spring fundraising campaign. Perhaps you’ve already received a letter or email with the words “We Are Here for You” at the top. We know you rely on our charity ratings, Hot Topics lists, and other resources to give confidently. Whether times are calm or marked by change and uncertainty, Charity Navigator will be here for you.

Our team landed on the theme for this campaign after realizing just how many times over the course of the last year (and many years before it), Charity Navigator has been sought out to provide advice and giving tips in the midst of a crisis. Our Hot Topics lists are a guide for many donors seeking to do good in the wake of a disaster.

Today, as part of our Top 10 Tuesday series, we’re featuring the organizations who have received the most funding through our Hot Topics pages and Giving Basket following a disaster. Keep reading to see who’s on the list.