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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…

Making the world a better place starts with identifying the cause (or causes) that matters most to you. At Charity Navigator, we encourage any prospective donor to take a few moments to answer this question.

Once you have your answer you can use our Discover feature to find a charity that aligns with your interests. You can filter by size, scope, and sort by location and overall rating. 

Take a few minutes to browse through your results. Open the charities’ ratings pages and learn more about how they work they do, how they use donors’ gifts to achieve their missions, and how they’re communicating their impact with their constituents, donors, and other stakeholders. Pair this information with the materials and resources the charities provide on their websites, respectively, to find a charity you can proudly and confidently support. 

After you’ve found your charity, take a few moments to consider your budget. How much can you afford to contribute this year? Will you make a one-time gift or a recurring monthly gift?

When you’re ready to give, Charity Navigator’s Giving Basket makes it easy to support the charity you’ve selected. You can set up your donation based on your chosen frequency, and opt to give anonymously to protect your privacy. Plus, we’ll save a record of your giving to make it easy to claim your charitable deductions next year!

So, what’s stopping you? This year resolve to do your part to make the world a better place and get started with Charity Navigator today!

Have questions about our ratings, tips, or tools? Don’t hesitate to reach our team at info@charitynavigator.org.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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