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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

10 Best Public Radio Stations

Each week, Charity Navigator brings you a new list of ten organizations working on a particular cause or issue. This week we’re featuring the country’s ten most highly-rated public radio stations. 

These stations are committed to bringing local, national, and global news to listeners in their communities, as well as quality music, entertainment, and educational programming. Plus, they do all this while upholding the highest standards for financial health and accountability and transparency. Is your favorite station on our list?

Monday, July 30, 2018

5 Charities Fighting to End Human Trafficking

Did you know that more than 21 million people around the world are victims of forced labor? According to the International Labor Organization, this number accounts for men, women, and children who are victims of human trafficking for work or sexual exploitation.

Each year, July 30 marks the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This is a day set apart by the UN to raise awareness of this issue and bring attention to this staggering statistic. In honor of this important day, Charity Navigator is sharing a list of five highly-rated charities that working to rescue victims of human trafficking and provide opportunities for them to reintegrate into society.

Friday, July 27, 2018

America's Best Libraries

In today's modern world libraries can seem antiquated -- a physical building you have to travel to to borrow hardcover books and other resources like CDs and DVDs. But the reality is libraries are essential to the health and success of our communities. They are safe places for children, teens, and adults to learn, explore, and ask questions. At the library, knowledge is for everyone and there are no limits to what you can learn.

Many libraries offer additional programs to their communities like family literacy, digital competency, and job preparation. And, as technology continues to push us along, they are finding innovative ways to digitize their collections to make books and resources available to patrons on the go. 

Take a few minutes to explore this list of America's 10 best libraries (and library foundations). These organizations are working hard to make literacy and learning accessible to all while remaining committed to the highest standards for financial health and accountability.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in New Hampshire

Each week, Charity Navigator features a few of the highly-rated charities at work in one of the 50 states. This week we're talking about New Hampshire!

These organizations are committed to improving the lives of New Hampshirites and their communities, as well as protecting the state's unique and beautiful landscape.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

5 Awesome Charities to Support During #SharkWeek

The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week program has become a cult favorite among Americans young and old. Each summer, for one week, the channel talks about one thing… sharks. They offer a variety of programs that talk about this mysterious, feared creature that capture fans’ attention for seven days.

Whether you’re a shark or #SharkWeek enthusiast, we have a list for you! Keep reading to learn about five highly-rated charities that are working to advocate for and protect this unique and important creature.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

10 Best Humanitarian Relief Organizations

Each week, Charity Navigator features a new list of 10 highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or issue. This week we’re highlighting outstanding humanitarian relief organizations. These charities are hard at work around the world to deliver aid and relief supplies to vulnerable communities. And, all have received our highest rating, 4 stars, which proves their commitment to financial health and accountability and transparency.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Science Shows Giving Leads to Happiness

There’s no doubt that doing good makes us feel good. But, did you know that science has actually proven that generosity leads to an increase in happiness better health? Research has even found that it may be as effective at lowering blood pressure as medication or exercise. 

To celebrate this fun fact, here are a few highly-rated science-focused charities you can definitely feel good about donating to.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Your Quick Guide to Crisis Giving

In the wake of a natural disaster, it can be hard to know where to give. Luckily, Charity Navigator is here to help! 

Our Hot Topics are lists of vetted charities that receive our highest-ratings that have confirmed they are responding to a particular disaster. You can feel confident giving to any of the organizations on these lists. Plus, we offer lots of other information and helpful tips on our website to help you give confidently.

"Keep Reading" to take a look at our Quick Guide to Crisis Giving infographic.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Operation Donate With Honor: Charity Navigator’s Take

We’re here again: another upsetting announcement that fraudulent and deceptive fundraising practices have preyed on individuals giving to veterans and military causes. (Remember the cancer charity scams?) This morning, the Federal Trade Commission announced Operation Donate with Honor, a federal and state initiative working to enforce and educate individuals about these deceptive practices that scammers have used to create income for their own personal gain. Over 100 law enforcement actions from over 70 agencies across 50 states are working to crack down on fraudulent charity practices.

Highly-Rated Charities in Nevada

Every Thursday, Charity Navigator highlights a few of the highly-rated charities working in one of the fifty states. This week it’s all about Nevada!

The charities featured in this list have earned our highest marks which means they’re finding creative solutions to Nevada’s toughest issues while remaining committed to upholding the highest standards for financial health and accountability and transparency. Keep reading to learn more...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

5 Charities to Support on #MandelaDay

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.
It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
Nelson Mandela

Mandela Day is a time set apart to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. It is also a time to reflect on what’s been done to change the world more broadly and look ahead to what will be done. This year, consider supporting one of these highly-rated charities that are working on issues that were important to Nelson Mandela and his movement for a voice and equality for all. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 National Park Foundations

Each week, Charity Navigator features a new list of 10 highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or issue. Today, we’re spotlighting a few of the foundations that are dedicated to maintaining our national parks and making them more accessible for everyone.

Is your favorite park’s foundation on this list?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Best Charities to Donate to in the Summer

Summer’s here! Many of us have been counting down the days until our vacations for months or trying to see how many beach trips we can squeeze in while the weather and water are warm. 

Keep reading for a list of charities we think you should know about this summer.

Friday, July 13, 2018

5 Great Places to Volunteer Before School Starts

The summer is a great time to volunteer. Most of us have a lighter schedule with a few extra hours here and there. Wouldn’t it be great to turn them into good in our local communities? (Plus, outdoor volunteer opportunities are a great way to work on your tan!)

Sure, volunteering sounds great, but knowing where to start can be overwhelming. That’s why we put together this list of organizations that depend on volunteers. Take a look!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Nebraska

Each week, Charity Navigator features a few highly-rated charities working in one of the 50 states. Today we’re shining a light on a few of the charities that are improving the lives of Nebraskans and working to better communities around the state.

Keep reading to learn more about a few of these outstanding organizations.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Start a School Supply Drive in Your Community

Doesn’t it feel like summer’s just begun? It’s hard to believe that in just a few short weeks we’ll be trading in picnics and vacations for a new school year and all of the hustle and bustle that comes along with it.

One way to get excited about a new school year is to get involved in making it better for the students and teachers in your community. Many schools serve low-income children who may not have all the supplies they need to be successful. You can help by organizing a school supply drive for your local school. It's not too hard and will go a long way toward making the school year a little easier for the kids in your neighborhood.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Charity Navigator's Top 10 Tuesday: Protecting & Defending Our Oceans

Each week Charity Navigator publishes a new Top 10 list of highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or issue. With a heatwave impacting much of the country, there seems like no better time to feature a few of the awesome organizations that are working to protect and defend our oceans for the animals and people who rely on them.

For those of us along the coast, the ocean is a source of income for many as well as a place to relax and cool. But ocean affects us all, including those in inland communities. Find out more about what these organizations are doing to keep our oceans clean and healthy for the animals who live in them and the people who enjoy them.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Getting Started for a First-Time Donor

Charity Navigator offers free resources to help donors give confidently to charities making an impact. Today we’re sharing a few of our tips for first-time donors. Learn how to find the right charity for you and make effective and impactful contributions you can feel good about. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Here's How to Support Your Community Food Bank

Over the last few weeks, Charity Navigator has shared easy ways to get involved and make a difference on any budget. Last week we shared a list of items to consider donating to your local homeless shelter. Today we’re talking about the best ways to help your hungry neighbors and support your local food bank.

Like homeless shelters, food banks operate and provide services all year long, but we most often think about restocking their shelves during the holidays when our own tables are piled high with food and fixings. Here are a few tips for supporting your local food pantry today (and all year round). 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Montana

Each week Charity Navigator highlights a few of the highly-rated charities working in one of the 50 states. Today we’re featuring a few of Montana’s outstanding organizations.

The organizations in this list are leaders in identifying and supporting creative ways to conserve Montana’s wilderness, providing unique opportunities to individuals living with disabilities, and addressing human service needs. These highly-rated charities, along with their communities and Montana’s other outstanding organizations are making a real impact in Big Sky Country.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

10 Charities Preserving American History

Each week, Charity Navigator features a new Top 10 list of highly-rated charities working on a particular cause or issue. With Fourth of July right around the corner, we are using this opportunity to explore some of the highly-rated charities that are working to explore and preserve American history.

Presidential libraries, foundations, and centers are set up to honor the legacy, policies, and principles of their namesake. Today, we’re featuring 10 of these organizations that cover a range of historical and political eras. Keep reading to learn more about the great work these organizations are doing to connect Americans with their history.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Best Times to Donate to Your Favorite Charity

Can you believe it? The first half of the year has come and gone. We’re enjoying the summer months now, but before we know it the holidays will be upon us… again.

Did you know that nearly one-quarter of Americans report making the majority of their charitable gifts in the last quarter of the year (Q4), particularly in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day? And, that number increases among high net worth families. Many organizations report receiving a spike, if not the majority of their annual revenue, during this period.

Who cares, right? Why does it matter when you make your gifts to the charities you support? Keep reading to learn what this increase in end-of-year giving means for organizations, and how you can budget to better support your favorite groups throughout the year.