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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Generosity: A Resolution Worth Keeping


If you’re like me, around 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve you remember that you’re supposed to make a resolution for the new year, which is just hours away. You quickly think through all of the possibilities: What is something I can (easily) keep while simultaneously promising to set my year on a meaningful and productive course? More exercise? Less coffee? More books? Less spending? Inevitably, I land on something I am bound to abandon in less than three weeks.

This year, however, I started thinking about my resolution early. I knew it would be the only way I could commit to something I actually wanted to keep. I took some time to think about what I wanted my year to look like and what steps I could take to ensure this year would be an important chapter in the story of my life. I decided that, in 2020, I resolve to actively recognize the generosity I’ve benefited from and be more generous myself toward causes that align with my passions.

Here’s how I am getting started in making and keeping my resolution...


Friday, December 20, 2019

Giving Back During the Holidays to Bring Families Together


Tis the season to give back and to spend time with family. Why not do both at once? 

Our friend Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE Charity, shared a few ways to get your kids or grandkids involved in giving back this holiday season and throughout the year.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, or non-denominational holiday spirit, it’s the season for family. And, I personally believe that nothing brings a family closer than coming together to do good. What better way to celebrate the season than to combine the two? Here are a few tips and ideas to bring families closer by giving back this holiday season.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

How Tax Law is Affecting (Your) Giving


Earlier this year, you may remember hearing about the implications of the tax law changes on charitable giving.  The Tax and Jobs Act of 2017 aimed to simplify filing by increasing the standard deduction, which should make many middle-income Americans happy – after all, putting “simplify” and “taxes” in the same sentence should make us feel like we are heading in the right direction.  And yet, as with just about any financial policy and tax change, “simple” is anything but.
Keep reading to learn more about the way the tax changes are affecting your favorite organizations and what they mean for you as a donor...

Monday, November 25, 2019

How Failing Forward Illustrates Innovation


For nonprofits that aim to succeed, irrespective of their mission, failure is a friend. Unfortunately, the idea of funding failure doesn’t sit well with most donors.

If the organization you love and support is taking the same cookie-cutter or stale approach to solving age-old social problems and continue with limited success, then, despite your passionate commitment to the cause, you may actually be funding stagnation rather than investing in progress toward real solutions. 

Here’s why you should value “failing forward” in the nonprofits you support…


Friday, November 22, 2019

Discover & Support Hidden Gem Charities this Holiday Season


I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year. For a few weeks, it feels like we’re largely able to put aside our differences for a renewed spirit of goodwill, hospitality, and generosity.

For many of us, the holiday spirit manifests itself in gifts to loved ones, as well as charities working on the causes close to our hearts. This year, make the most of those gifts by using Charity Navigator to inform your charitable giving. 

Keep reading for tips on how to get the most of our (forever) free charity ratings and donation resources this holiday season.


Friday, November 1, 2019

The Value of Prioritizing Accessibility for Cultural Institutions

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Susan Marenoff-Zausner is the president of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, a nonprofit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets, and a guided missile submarine. And, the Museum is finding innovative ways to use technology to make this important cultural institution more accessible to all.    

People with disabilities continue to face barriers — physical, attitudinal, communication, social, programmatic, logistical, and financial — to accessing cultural and educational opportunities. The World Health Organization and the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities have outlined how these barriers further disable and isolate individuals, creating obstacles to socioeconomic growth and inclusion in communities, workplaces and online.

Museums and cultural institutions are integral to their communities — they offer opportunities for people to make meaningful connections, share a social experience, and be inspired. We think they bear a special responsibility to be welcoming for all. 
At the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located on Manhattan’s West Side, being welcoming and accessible are themes that resonate deeply, and we understand and embrace our unique obligation as a cultural institution. 


Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Importance of Objectivity in Charity Evaluations


Charity Navigator is an objective charity evaluator, in that we apply our standard methodology to assess two areas of performance: the first being financial health, and the second being accountability and transparency (or governance). Ratings are given to all organizations that meet our criteria for an evaluation, irrespective of a charity's mission and without bias. 

You may be thinking, “How can you be a ‘navigator’ if you do not rate a charity’s mission or its values?”

This sentiment has been echoed by a handful of donors, and we think it’s important to clear the air...


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Nonprofit Innovation: Team Culture & Employee Retention


Please stay tuned as we delve into a number of topics essential to innovation in the nonprofit sector, including programmatic methods and technology.

An organization’s team is essential to achieving its mission. How well an organization staffs, trains, and retains employees can have a direct impact on its program quality and outcomes. 

Before you donate, consider the ways an organization values and invests in its staff. Is it committed to helping its employees develop professionally in ways that will better serve its constituents? This important indicator not only reflects a culture of learning, but can shape employee engagement, morale, and overall performance, all of which influence retention.


Monday, October 21, 2019

5 Things to Consider When Supporting Disaster Relief and Recovery


Our friends at Hope for Haiti contributed this guest post based on their experience in short- and long-term disaster relief following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Natural disasters and humanitarian crises are a recurring issue in many developing countries. Even the United States has been plagued with major hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires in recent years. With each passing year, organizations that serve these areas diligently prepare for the worst and hope for the best. For donors, it can feel overwhelming to research and choose an organization to support in the wake of a crisis. As one of Charity Navigator’s Top 10 Disaster Relief Organizations, we’re happy to share our best advice with you today on how organizations and donors can be good partners during humanitarian disasters.

At its core, a humanitarian response requires quickly developing efficiencies, sharing best practices among organizations/governmental agencies, and learning from past mistakes. At Hope for Haiti, for example, we adjusted our core programmatic approach after the Haiti Earthquake in 2010 based on what we learned during relief efforts. Following Hurricane Matthew in 2016, we were able to apply much of what we learned about logistics, donor communication, and balancing immediate disaster response with long-term recovery. We believe there is always room for improvement, and that’s why we’ve listed some things to consider when supporting relief efforts below:


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Thinking Big by Starting Small: Student Service-Learning & Civic Action


Anyone who has volunteered or been a part of a fundraiser knows that you get back so much more than what you give. And, while this applies to people of all ages, youth definitely benefit the most.

Today, many students begin volunteering or fundraising for charities at a young age, often teaming up with their schools, sports teams, or community organizations in order to support a charitable cause.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Collecting and Implementing Feedback: The Difference Between Good and Great


As we consider the evolution of our ratings, Charity Navigator sees collecting and learning from constituent feedback as a potentially critical marker of organizations’ capacity for impact. It implies organizations are taking steps to learn more about the individuals, groups, and communities they serve, and iterating on their current programs and products to become more effective.

And, it is our hope that, over time, donors will consider the ways organizations are engaging with the people they serve and learning from those interactions as part of their charitable research knowing that it’s an indicator of healthy, innovative charity.

At Charity Navigator, we are committed to making more and more decisions based on feedback from our donors, users, and the charities we evaluate. Here are some of the reasons we collect constituent feedback and why we think it is valuable to the evolution of our charity ratings and the nonprofit sector...


Thursday, October 10, 2019

How Funding and Innovation is Paving the Way for Breast Cancer Research and Treatment


Douglas Feil is the Chief Programs Officer at National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). As a part of NBFC’s mission to help patients and inspire hope through early detection, education, and support services, Douglas discusses what the future of breast cancer looks like today and in the future.

With October’s arrival, the display of the pink ribbon brings breast cancer awareness month top of mind. The purpose of this month is to not only remind women to take control of their health and get their mammograms, but to also educate new generations of women on what breast health is and the importance of early detection.

In 1965, philanthropist and cancer advocate Mary Lasker wrote a letter to pioneering cancer 
researcher Sidney Farber. Encouraged by recent breakthroughs in cancer treatment, she wrote, “The iron is hot and this is the time to pound without cessation.” These words echo today, especially to those working to end the suffering of patients and families facing breast cancer.     

The future of breast cancer is like a drive through a lifting fog. There’s a lot we can see in front of us, but finding a cure – that elusive horizon – remains clouded. Breast cancer death rates have declined by more than 40% in the last 30 years thanks to improvements in early detection and treatment, but more than 40,000 women and men still die each year. That’s why the future of breast cancer must be rooted in drastically decreasing the mortality rate in the coming decades through scientific innovation, improved early detection methods, and more targeted therapy options for patients. 

Though it’s difficult to sift through the myriad of recent developments in breast cancer and how they will shape the future, here are a few exciting ones:

Friday, October 4, 2019

Ask A Fundraiser: Deeper Dive into Match Campaigns


In my last post, I gave a brief overview of what match campaigns are and what donors should know about them. Now, I’ll be answering some of the questions our readers had, as well as explain these increasingly popular fundraising campaigns at an even deeper level. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments! Your question or comment may be featured in a follow-up post.

Friday, September 27, 2019

What is Donor Retention and Why Should I Care?


Does it feel like charities have a way of getting in touch with you everywhere? They show up in your mailbox, your inbox, and even call your home.

At Charity Navigator, we’ve heard from many donors who say this approach is annoying. Some are irritated by the number of solicitations they receive from organizations. Others question the efficiency (and legitimacy) of charities who solicit donations over the phone.

While we’re not here to defend these fundraising strategies or verify their efficiency, we do understand why charities are interested in reaching you. Before you recycle that mailer, delete that email, or hang up the phone, here are a few things to consider...


Friday, September 20, 2019

Ask a Fundraiser: What is a Match Campaign?


Your donation will be tripled!
Your donation will be matched!
Your donation is doubled!
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Have you ever received an email or piece of mail from a charity that referenced a matching challenge like the one above and wondered what it really meant or how it actually worked? Charity Navigator is here to answer all your questions about these special campaigns.
What is a matching campaign?


Friday, September 13, 2019

Tidying Up My Philanthropy


As someone who spends a little too much time on Instagram, I can confidently say minimalism is having a moment. My feed is full of scarcely decorated, white-washed rooms, capsule wardrobes designed to create a season’s worth of outfits with ten pieces of clothing, and five-minute daily beauty routines.

I must say, this trend toward minimalism is refreshing. It inspired me to declutter my home and “Marie Kondo” my closet. And, generally speaking, the process left me feeling more intentional and content. It also prompted me to start thinking about the ways I could use these concepts in my life outside of my apartment. Being a person who spends at least forty hours a week thinking about philanthropy, my charitable giving felt like a natural application.

Here’s an easy way I adopted “philanthropic minimalism” and am doing more by doing less...


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Get Smart Fast: 10 Things You Need to Know About Planned Giving


New to planned giving? We can’t make you an expert in the next four minutes, but these facts will get you halfway there in no time at all.

Friday, September 6, 2019

The Do's an Don'ts of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising


You absolutely love a charity. We are talking hopelessly smitten.

You donate (or maybe you would, but don’t have the funds). You volunteer. So, what else can you do you to communicate your affection? Enter, peer-to-peer fundraising!

Check out our Do’s and Dont’s for Peer-to-Peer fundraising before you create your next (or very first!) peer-to-peer fundraising campaign!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Is Collaboration the Key to Nonprofit Success?


In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discuss why collaboration among nonprofits is essential to them efficiently achieving their missions. Stay tuned for Part 2 when we highlight a number of highly-rated charities who have identified innovative ways to work together to promote effective solutions to the issues they are addressing. 

We’re often inspired to support a charity based on their vision for a better world--one without hunger, homelessness, or disease. Organizations dare to imagine a day when these problems no longer exist and invite us to be part of the solution through our support.

But, tackling these issues can be difficult, if not impossible, when organizations lack sufficient resources. Many charities are striving to achieve their ambitious missions with limited staff and shoestring budgets. This often leads to splintered programs focused on alleviating symptoms indefinitely, rather than addressing the real root of the problem.

To have a meaningful impact, organizations must embrace collaboration and adopt a comprehensive, focused approach for tackling the issues they set out to address. Here’s why...

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Determining if a Charity has Your Best Interest (and the General Public's) in Mind


This guest post was contributed by our friend, James Townsend. He is an avid Charity Navigator user and community leader residing in Kansas City who is passionate about community organizing and inclusion.

The word charity holds high regard in the minds of most. It is associated with selflessness, helping those in need, and improving one’s community. While we'd like to think that every charity has good intentions for humanity, there are organizations that qualify as charities that, from your perspective, may not be inherently “good.” So, how does a discerning donor identify troubling “charities?”

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

New E-Filing Requirement Is A Major Win For Nonprofit Sector


The Taxpayer First Act of 2019, which was signed into law on July 1, 2019, will require all tax-exempt organizations required to file a Form 990-series return to e-file their return. This rule goes into effect with calendar year 2020 form filings; organizations with fiscal years beginning after July 2nd, 2019, will be required to file electronically with their 2020 returns, which would be for fiscal year ending 2021 for those organizations.

Here’s why this is a big win for the nonprofit sector…

Monday, August 19, 2019

Your Guide To Donating Everything

Charity Navigator has guides on everything surrounding in-kind donations, whether it be what to donate to your local animal shelter, food bank, or homeless shelter. Yet, tracking down each of these articles in the moment can feel like going through a virtual junk drawer.


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So, to help with all that clutter, here is a one stop shop for all your donating needs:

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Glimpse Into Charity Navigator's Advisory System


How do you know if your donation is used for the right reasons? 

Before I interned at Charity Navigator, this question had rarely come to mind.  I had always assumed that if I made a donation, it would be to an organization that I trusted to use my money wisely.  Even through my prior experience working for two other nonprofits, I never thought to ask questions like, “What percentage of an organization’s total expenses are spent on its programs?” or “How much does an organization need to spend in fundraising costs in order to raise $1?”  I began to realize how naive my thinking was, and just how little I knew on the topic of nonprofit excellence.  I became eager to learn more and excited to begin my summer internship at Charity Navigator.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Telling Your Story Using the 990


Tax forms are not the most exciting documents, and the IRS Form 990 is no exception. In my role as Senior Program Analyst at Charity Navigator, I’ve reviewed thousands of 990s. I can definitely say that there’s only so many ways to make “Did the organization contemporaneously document the meetings held or written actions undertaken during the year by the governing body?” an engaging experience for the reader.

At Charity Navigator, we sift through the data provided in these forms to construct a financial and governance narrative for thousands of organizations, and this is reflected in the ratings available on our site. While our ratings provide donors a snapshot of an organization’s financial health and adherence to good governance practices, the rating itself does not tell an organization’s whole story. We look to supplement this narrative by providing mission statements, program accomplishments, and other information that is publicly available to donors. One oft-overlooked place for an organization to better tell its own story is none other than the 990 itself, and here’s how!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Take Back Control of Your Mailbox Today


Does it ever feel like your mailbox is just a place for bills, coupon packs, and charity solicitations to call home? You’re not alone. We heard from a number of donors who were curious about why they receive so much charity “junk mail” and how they can get it to stop.

Here are our tips for taking back control of your mailbox...

Thursday, August 8, 2019

It's 2019. Why are we looking at 2017 990s?


When looking at the ratings on the Charity Navigator website, you’ll see the fiscal year for the most recent IRS Form 990 that a charity’s rating is based on.  Currently, in most cases, you will see a fiscal year-end date from 2017.  Being that it’s now 2019, you may be thinking that a rating using 2017 data is extremely outdated.  But, there is more to this story. 

Monday, July 22, 2019

Does Your Nonprofit Accept Bitcoin Yet?

Why cryptocurrency donations are on the rise.
Our friends Alex Wilson and Patrick Duffy, co-founders of The Giving Block, are committed to making it easier for donors and nonprofit organizations to give and receive cryptocurrency donations.

Connecting College to Charity: A Crash Course


If we’re being honest, one place that doesn’t come to mind when thinking about charitable giving and volunteering is a college campus. Yet, in my opinion, it should. Universities are the perfect environment to encourage philanthropic activities early on in adulthood.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Great Places to Volunteer This Summer


Often, volunteering is seen as an obligation, but it doesn’t have to be extremely time-consuming or boring. The best volunteering opportunities are ones where volunteers are actively engaged and having an amazing experience so that there is a desire for consistent participation. 


So, this summer, before you say, “I’m bored,” consider these great places to volunteer while also catching some sun.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Your Summer Guide to Volunteering


There’s no better time to volunteer with a local organization than during the summer! For many of us, these months are a time to slow down and get outside to enjoy the warmer weather. Why not take advantage of the sunshine and a lighter schedule to help out a charity in your community that’s striving to make your neighborhood a healthier, more vibrant place.

Follow our quick and easy guide to get started finding the right volunteer opportunity for you today.

(Stuck at your desk this summer? You can still get involved--keep reading to learn more!)

Monday, July 15, 2019

Make a Charity Smile with AmazonSmile


Are you an Amazon shopper? (Who are we kidding? Aren't we all?) AmazonSmile, is a great way to ensure that your purchase will have an impact long after your delivery has arrived. 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Top Five Ways To Support Classrooms


Education plays a major role in shaping children’s lives. It provides them with the tools they need to succeed in the career path of their choosing. Classrooms are a place where children can increase their knowledge, engage their curiosity, and expand their horizons. 

Unfortunately, support for many classrooms is limited. According to The Education Market Association, “teachers spend $500 of their own money on classroom supplies each year” as a means to compensate for most school system’s limited budgets. With this in mind, here are the top five ways you can support a classroom and foster a vibrant learning environment in your community and across the country.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Nonprofits & For-Profits: A Match Made in Heaven?


Whether it be knowing that their coffee beans are a product of fair trade, or that the packaging they come in is made from recycled products, consumers are increasingly expecting goods and services that fulfill their initial need and attempt to improve the communities that they are profiting from.

Partnerships between nonprofits and for-profit organizations are becoming more and more popular as consumers continue to seek out ethically conscious businesses.

Monday, July 1, 2019

How Much Should I Give to Charity?


The 2019 Giving USA Report came out recently and confirmed what many nonprofit fundraisers already suspected: giving among everyday Americans is down. Experts have shared a number of theories about why this may be, including changes to the tax law and increased volatility in the stock market. 

Whatever the reason, or reasons, the news in this report should make us pause and reflect on what this means for us and the world around us. While foundations and corporations have increased their support to the social sector, individuals, like you and I, continue to contribute the majority of charitable dollars given annually in the United States. What does it mean for the critical work of the charities we support when our giving wanes? Do we need to dig deeper into our pockets? Should we?


Friday, June 28, 2019

501(c)-What?


You may or may not have heard of the term “501(c)(3),” but it is an important term when it comes to charitable giving.  According to the IRS tax code, an organization with 501(c)(3) status is tax-exempt, which means donations to the organization can be taken as a deduction when it comes time for you to complete your annual tax return.  Pretty straightforward, right? Wrong.

There are over 25 different codes under the 501 IRS tax classification umbrella. And, each one means something different for both the organization and the person that is supporting that entity.

Here’s what you need to know before you make your next donation:

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Starting a Nonprofit: More Than Just a Mission Statement


“I’m going to start a nonprofit.” 


It’s a simple statement, but there’s a significant amount of weight (and work!) behind those words. It isn’t as easy as being passionate about a cause, creating a catchy name, and designing the perfect website. We often forget that nonprofits are essentially businesses. And, a business requires funding and an innovative long-term plan to be able to sustain itself.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Sustaining Gifts: The Benefits for You and Your Favorite Charity


If you’re a public radio listener, you've likely been asked to support your local station on a recurring basis. And, you’ve probably received an email (or two) from your favorite charity asking you to deepen your commitment by turning your annual gift into a monthly one. This concept of automatically donating on a monthly basis is considered sustaining giving - think sustainable support.

Do you feel like there’s a growing movement among the charities hitting your inbox and airwaves to encourage monthly giving? You’re not wrong. Over the last few years, charities have embraced the value and benefits of sustaining gifts and vocalized it to their supporters.

Here’s why you should consider “making it monthly” the next time you’re asked:

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Millennials & Nonprofits: Why It Must Work


Millennials are often criticized for being a generation consumed by the internet, and stereotyped as self-entitled, phone-addicted zombies. However, that narrow depiction fails to address the fact that despite increasing student debt, a higher cost of living, and somewhat limited job opportunities, we still place a value on making a lasting impact on our communities and the world at large, especially when it comes to social issues and injustice.

While older generations may call it “evil,” the internet has allowed millennials around the globe to engage in an unprecedented level of activism, regardless of their location and other extenuating circumstances, like education or financial means. Today, advocating or fundraising for a cause only takes a couple of clicks, and that influence cannot, and should not, be ignored.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Donors, Data, & Decision Making: 5 Tips for Embracing Research & Development to Drive Impact


This guest post was contributed by Kelly Fitzsimmons, Founder and Managing Partner, of Project Evident. Kelly and her team are committed to working with funders and the organizations they support to strengthen their data and evidence-building agendas to make a greater impact in the world through more effective programs.

In the private sector, as the pace of innovation has accelerated, so too has the use of data to drive decision-making. The for-profit sector has long embraced technology and tools to capture and use data to better serve their customers. Less so in the social sector, where such tools, talent, and technology have largely not made it into the hands of practitioners (a "last mile problem"). At the same time, there is increasing demand for programs that produce real outcomes for communities, yet many of these programs do not have access to the resources needed to research and develop those outcomes.  

Individual donors are a powerful force for promoting better research and development, or R&D, practices and ensuring that the social sector is not left behind in our rapidly evolving world. As you think about your next charitable contributions or your role as a board member with a nonprofit organization, here are five tips to help close this critical gap for those causes you care most about.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Do's and Don'ts of Matching Gifts and Challenge Grants


Is your organization considering a matching gift campaign? Charity Navigator worked with industry experts to discuss best practices for soliciting and structuring a matching gift campaign to ensure that you and your Donor are on the same page.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

3 Ways Moms Are Finding New Ways to Deal with Deadly Hunger


A nutritious diet, essential to a strong start in life, is a universal priority for mothers around the globe. Yet, access to all the elements that build nutrition in young children - healthy, diverse diets; clean water; good hygiene practices, and more - is anything but universal. 

After years of decline, global hunger is now on the rise: the latest reports indicate that some 821 million people suffer from hunger. Due to conflict, climate change, and economic shocks, millions of moms struggle daily to give their children what they need to thrive and survive.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Constituent Feedback: The Key to Impact Reporting?


Charity Navigator is dedicated to making impactful philanthropy easier for all. To that end, we are undertaking new initiatives that will allow donors to better understand the impact of their donations or charitable investments. There are many ways to define “impact” and even more ways to assess it. One potentially important measure of program results may lie in the hands of an organization’s beneficiaries.

Friday, April 5, 2019

How to Update Make Changes to Your Charity Navigator Rating Profile

Hey Charity Reps! 

Are you looking to make changes to the Accountability and Transparency (A&T) materials you have submitted to Charity Navigator, or submit links to where your policies live on your website to receive credit? Follow these simple steps to update your profile and begin receiving credit today! 

Monday, March 25, 2019

What the World Needs Now...


Today’s world of philanthropy is ever-changing in positive ways.  We can be encouraged as a society by the growth we are witnessing of social enterprise within the nonprofit sector. Given the growth of this sector, coupled with the billions of dollars in potential donations, Charity Navigator is constantly seeking to advance our mission of making impactful philanthropy easier for all.

Monday, March 11, 2019

7 Easy Ways for Teens to Give Back


Our friend, Craig Kielburger, the co-founder of WE Charity shares a few easy ways teens can get involved through his organization or a local charity that meets their interests.

The Dalai Lama once observed: “The greatest threat to our world is [that] we're raising a generation of passive bystanders.” WE is helping ensure that won’t be the case. Through our WE Schools service-based learning programs, it provides students and educators with the tools and resources to take action.

At the very heart of WE Charity lies the belief that young people can change the world. It’s why the organization was formed over 20 years ago with the mission of raising awareness about child labor. And it’s the driving factor that’s propelled WE into the global movement it has become today—dedicated to creating the next generation of positive changemakers.

There’s also clear evidence that by doing something for others, the students themselves are benefiting in multiple ways. According to McGill University researcher Dr. Nancy Heath, “Volunteering and getting involved gives a sense of community and belonging.” It can also help young people manage stress and build leadership skills that support both their academics and future career opportunities.

WE encourages youth to take action on causes they care about, both at home and abroad. It believes no matter your age or location, we can all make a positive impact—whether it’s volunteering, fundraising or raising awareness around issues that matter.

Here are seven easy ways teens can give back and make a positive impact in their daily lives, on the issues that are most important to them:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

3 Easy Ways to #LoveACharity


Whether you have a special someone in your life or not, don’t forget to spread some charitable love this Valentine's Day!

Check out our Top 3 Ways to #LoveACharity this Valentine’s Day.

Monday, February 4, 2019

7 Highly-Rated Cancer Research Charities


World Cancer Day, observed on February 4, empowers people across the world to show support, raise our voices, and take action against a disease that affects millions of people each year. 

You can take a stand against cancer today by supporting one of these highly-rated cancer research organizations.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

3 Ways to Help Federal Workers Today


More than 800,000 federal employees are not able to work or being asked to work without pay as the partial government shutdown, now the longest in American history, stretches on. Many of these employees and their families are struggling to put food on the table while they scrape together savings to pay their rents and other bills.

At Charity Navigator, we’ve heard from a number of donors asking how they can help their neighbors in need. Take a look at our suggestions for supporting your local charities as they provide much-needed assistance to individuals and families affected by the shutdown.

Friday, January 4, 2019

An Important New Year's Resolution That's Easy to Keep



Resolve to make the world a little bit better in 2019.
With Charity Navigator, that’s a resolution you can keep!

Empty champagne bottles clink in the recycling bin while rogue pieces of confetti evade our vacuums. These are small reminders that it’s a new year--one we promised to welcome with hope and optimism. As part of the celebration, we vowed to eat healthier, exercise regularly, spend wisely, and read more. This year, let’s consider another resolution: to make the world around just a little bit better. Here’s how Charity Navigator can help…