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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Don't Get Spooked by an Online Charity Scam!

Charities do important work to deliver services to individuals, families, and animals in need. They give a voice to the voiceless and make sure they are taken care of. 

At Charity Navigator, we work throughout the year to provide up-to-date charity ratings, tips, and tools to help you give more confidently. But, we know that news of charity fraud can still shake your trust. Here are a few of our quick tips for avoiding an online charity scam.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

10 Free Tools to Help Your Nonprofit Boost Year-End Giving

This guest post was written by our friends at Give Lively.

#GivingTuesday is coming in hot on November 27th. Fortunately, there are free digital tools that any nonprofit can use to prepare for the big day and the year-end giving rush. We compiled a list of ten free services that will help your nonprofit spread the word, wow your supporters, collect data, collaborate with your team, and, most importantly, raise more money!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Resilient Response: A Necessary Shift in Disaster Giving

This guest post was written by our friend Shari Rudolph, Chief Marketing Officer at Good360.

With both the frequency and intensity of natural disasters on the rise around the globe, there’s an urgent need for a more thoughtful approach to the way we respond and help impacted communities recover. Launched in mid-September on the heels of Hurricane Florence and on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, the Resilient Response initiative is a coalition initially formed by All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response and Good360 (both 4-star charities), along with Global Citizen, a nonprofit whose vision is to end extreme poverty by 2030.  

The Resilient Response Initiative is dedicated to the full lifecycle of recovery of communities affected by natural disasters and sheds light on the crucial and immediate need to adjust disaster-giving behaviors among corporations and individuals to better support response and long-term recovery.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Here's How One Charity Harnesses the Power of Veterans for Disaster Recovery

Volunteers help with tree removal in New Bern, NC, after Hurricane Florence.
This guest post was written by our friends at Team Rubicon, a 4-star charity that harnesses the power of veterans to help communities affected by natural disasters rebuild and recover.

Veteran volunteers serving with Team Rubicon are actively responding to Hurricane Florence and Michael- affected communities. Team Rubicon is a disaster response organization that unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon recruits, trains, and engages volunteers year-round, preparing them to serve affected communities whenever disaster strikes. 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

International Charity Fraud Awareness Week: Here's What You Need to Know

Did you know that this week is the first annual International Charity Fraud Awareness Week? 

While the Charities Commission for England & Wales has been holding this event for many years, this year marks the first time that the event has crossed international borders in the hopes of helping donors around the world avoid charity fraud. In collaboration with a variety of entities across the world, the Federal Trade Commission (or FTC) has released its own tips for donors that can help provide a solid base of knowledge for the generous individuals who may want to give to the causes they most care about.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Here's How One Charity is Exciting Youth to Make a Difference

Students collecting goods for WE Charity's WE Scare Hunger campaign.

This guest post was written by our friend Scott Baker, the Executive Director of WE Charity, an organization that has a found a unique approach to getting youth involved in their local, national, and global communities.

In a few weeks, streets across the nation will teem with superheroes and monsters. Don’t be surprised when some of the Black Panthers and Harry Potters who ring your doorbell ask for a tin of beans or a box of cereal as well as a chocolate bar.

Every year, youth across North America celebrate Halloween by taking part in the WE Scare Hunger campaign, collecting millions of pounds of food for their local food banks—adding canned goods to their candy haul.

WE Charity began more than 20 years ago as an international development organization, fighting child labor by tackling the underlying poverty that causes it. However, we also realized that, if you really want a better world, you also have to change attitudes here at home, too. The Dalai Lama once observed: “The greatest threat to our world is [that] we're raising a generation of passive bystanders.”

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

10 Best Public Safety Charities

Supporting a firefighter fund or police memorial is a great way to show your appreciation for the commitment and sacrifice of the brave men and women who keep us safe. This week, Charity Navigator is featuring 10 highly-rated charities that are giving back and supporting our heroes. These organizations are dedicated to delivering excellent services while remaining committed to the highest standards for financial health and accountability.

Monday, October 22, 2018

The Paris Call for Trust & Security: How to Own Your Digital Citizenship

We live in an increasingly digital world and we are all, whether we like it or not, digital citizens. We spend the majority of our time interacting in the digital space. We work online, shop online, and communicate online. 

As the world becomes more and more digital, the threat of cyber attacks and cyber warfare increases as well. At Charity Navigator, we believe that we can’t live in fear of these things, but we can take a stand against them. That’s why we’re helping to spread the word about the Paris Call for Trust and Security, and Microsoft’s subsequent Digital Peace Now Initiative. This movement is intended to raise awareness around the need for increased and improved cybersecurity, and encourage people to put an end to cyber warfare and take actions to keep cyber attacks from spreading into the physical world.                            

Friday, October 19, 2018

How to Maximize Your Gift Through Corporate Giving Programs

At Charity Navigator, we believe that every donation--small or large--has the power to make a difference. And, we know that charities we evaluate feel the same way.

But, what if there was a way to make your donation go further?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Does Impact Information Affect How You Give?

During Giving Season 2017, Charity Navigator partnered with several organizations helping charities measure and report on the impact of their programs. This ‘impact-related’ information takes many forms. Some partners look to help charities determine how their projects and programs will affect their respective populations. Others attempt to more deeply evaluate the structure of charities’ programs, including on-site technical assistance visits to better understand organizational operating procedures. 

Ideally, these actions provide important information for donor decisions related to charity performance and the progress being made toward organizational goals and objectives. These approaches allow a potential donor to see a leading indicator of how their donation will help address the problems the charity is trying to solve. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in South Dakota

South Dakota is home to 15 highly-rated charities doing exceptional work in communities around the state. Today, Charity Navigator is featuring a few of those organizations.

These charities are working to solve a spectrum of South Dakota's most pressing issues. They are helping children and families while upholding the highest standards for financial health and accountability.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

World Food Day: Here's What It's All About

Most of us visit our pantries or refrigerators without ever thinking about where are food comes from. But, the story behind our food matters. Our meals represent jobs, and labor, and human hands. They are also tied to our economies and environments.

October 16 is World Food Day—a day set aside to think about the food we eat, understand the realities of world hunger, discuss our food systems, and seek innovative ways to improve them for the health of us, our neighbors, and our world.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Top 10 Habitat for Humanity Affiliates

Habitat for Humanity is an international organization focused on providing safe and affordable homes to families in need. They believe that by providing reliable shelter families will be able to tackle their other challenges.

Habitat for Humanity affiliates work with partners in their communities to secure building materials. They see the families who will buy their homes as "partners" and offer them an affordable place to live in exchange for a set amount of "sweaty equity," or hours spent building their home.

Friday, October 12, 2018

How to Become a Long-Term Partner in Disaster Recovery

Following any disaster, we experience that knee-jerk reaction to give. We see photos and footage of communities devastated by an unpredictable flood, earthquake, or fire and want to help. We imagine ourselves and our families in the situation and our hearts break.

But what happens after the water recedes, the debris has been cleared, and the news crews leave?

True recovery takes more than just a week or two. The rebuilding process after a disaster can take many months and even years.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in South Carolina

Did you know South Carolina is home to more than 60 highly-rated charities?

Today, we're featuring the state's five most highly-rated charities. These outstanding organizations operate programs to care for the physical and emotional needs of South Carolinians around the state, and pets in need of care and forever homes. They remain committed to upholding the highest standards for financial health and accountability as they deliver their important services.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

3 Reasons to Use Charity Navigator's Giving Basket

Here are highlights of 3 features that users love about Charity Navigator's Giving Basket. 

These unique features are just a few of the reasons why over $11 million dollars have been funneled through the Basket to charities thus far in 2020 since January 1st.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Top 10 International Development & Relief Organizations

Every Tuesday, Charity Navigator publishes a new Top 10 list featuring charities working on a particular cause or issue. This week we’re highlighting the ten best international relief and development organizations.

These charities are working on issues like education, health, nutrition, and medical care in developing countries around the world. They are committed to delivering high-quality services in under-resourced communities while maintaining the highest standards for financial health and accountability and transparency.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Pink Ribbon Products: Should You Buy Them?

Each October, it seems like we’re suddenly presented with two versions of the things we want to buy: the product we know and love, and the product we know and love plus a pink ribbon and a promise to support breast cancer research. Who wouldn’t choose the second one? Those pink ribbons are a symbol of solidarity and support.

But, are they also a marketing tool? They seem to be everywhere--coffee cups, workout tops, cans of soda, and hair products. Just this weekend I passed a car dealership with pink ribbons in the windows, and pink balloons on each car. Do these businesses and corporations genuinely care about raising breast cancer awareness and funds to support research, or are they just riding the wave of pink ribbon popularity?

Friday, October 5, 2018

Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence This October

Ten million people in the United States will be abused by an intimate partner this year. This chilling reality is the reason we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month each October. This month, which grew out of the Day of Unity founded in 1981, is intended to raise awareness, empower victims, and connect advocates to end domestic violence.

The women’s movement and victim’s rights movement along with the dedicated work of advocates and organizations like the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Network to End Domestic Violence, and Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Inc. have helped victims find their voices and shape the conversation to raise awareness of domestic violence and make it a thing of the past. 

Keep reading to learn more about the impact these charities are having on this important issue. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

4 Charities Making an Impact in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

We all know someone--a mother, sister, daughter, aunt, or friend--who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Some of us may have even been on the receiving end of that diagnosis. In the blink of an eye, everything changes. Life seems less certain, and time feels more precious as we, or someone we love, face one of life’s toughest battles.

That is why each October we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a time to celebrate survivors, remember those who lost their battle against breast cancer and bring critical attention to this disease that will affect 1 in 8 women. 

There are a number of highly-rated charities hard at work in October and throughout the year providing education and resources to women to help them reduce their risk of breast cancer, offering medical services and social support to those who have received a diagnosis, and funding cutting-edge research to find a cure for this disease. 

With so many organizations focused on this important cause, it can be hard to know where to donate. Charity Navigator’s ratings and Impact Reports are here to help donors give confidently by providing you with the resources you need to make more informed giving decisions. Keep reading to learn more about four charities that are making an impact in the fight against breast cancer.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Rhode Island

Each week, Charity Navigator highlights a few of the highly-rated charities at work in one of the fifty states. Today we’re talking about five of the outstanding organizations at work in Rhode Island. 

The charities featured in today’s list are committed to providing opportunities for Rhode Island’s youth and important cultural connections for residents of and visitors to the state. They aim to preserve the state’s rich history and create a brighter future while maintaining the highest standards for financial health and accountability and transparency.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

America's 10 Best Community Foundations

Each week, Charity Navigator features a new top ten list of outstanding organizations working on a particular cause or issue. Today, we are sharing America’s ten most highly-rated community foundations.

These community foundations are active in cities, counties, and states across the country. They are empowering donors, large and small, to make a difference through a number of community-focused initiatives. They are focused on addressing the most pressing issues facing their constituents through creative approaches and innovative programs.

Is your local community foundation on this list?

Monday, October 1, 2018

3 Easy Ways to Help Your Neighbors this Fall

Fall is finally here, and there’s no better time to get involved in your community. It’s not too hot and not too cold, which means it’s the perfect time to be outside! And, as you get ready to hunker down for winter, there are lots of ways to consider your neighbors in need.

We’re sharing a few easy ways you can get involved in your community this fall, and simple tips for giving back.