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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.