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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Charity Navigator certified as a ‘Great Place to Work’

Charity Navigator has been certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture, for the first time this year. In order to achieve certification, 70% of employees must respond having had a consistently positive experience at the workplace, however, survey results from Charity Navigator employees hit and exceeded that benchmark. A unanimous 100% of employees responded that Charity Navigator is, in their opinion, a great place to work. 

The certification is based on direct employee feedback provided through an anonymous survey about their experience working at Charity Navigator, enabling honesty in the results. The survey and rating system used by Great Place to Work is based on over 25 years of global research in understanding employee perspective on what makes their workplace culture great and how companies can improve.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month


Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history, culture, and contributions of the U.S. Latinx and Hispanic communities. This month offers a time for Americans with roots in Hispanic countries and cultures to honor their heritage and to recognize the impact these cultures have had on American society as we know it today. 

Monday, September 28, 2020

Early Education Taskforce: Helping Providers Navigate the Child Care Crisis


According to our June 2020 survey of Star rated nonprofits, 72% of organizations
have suffered financially due to the pandemic. Additionally, 54% of respondents have cut back on program services due to the pandemic/economic shutdown. To overcome this disruption and to continue to serve communities, many nonprofits are adapting and innovating. 

Today, we are honored to share a first-hand account of what innovation and 
adaptation look like during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent 
economic crisis from The Family Conservancy.

The Family Conservancy’s (TFC) work to improve the early education system has enabled them to forge close partnerships with thousands of child care providers and programs in the Kansas City Community. Over the years, these partnerships have deepened TFC’s understanding of challenges and opportunities facing the sector. 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Nonprofit Hackathons: Hacking for Social Good

If you are anything like me, the word “hackathon” makes you think of an emergent breach in security or people secretly stealing digital information from a government or business. Though this may have been how every data theft movie portrayed this idea, today, “hacking” no longer exclusively implies criminal intrusion. 

Hackathons now refer to marathon-styled events where groups of people come together to problem-solve. Most commonly held within the technology industry, these events traditionally involve computer programmers and others collaborating on software development with a specific focus on designing and building out functioning applications or programs. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

3 Reasons Wealth Screening is Critical During a Crisis


The challenges of nonprofit fundraising have been made even more difficult by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it’s more important than ever to conduct thorough
prospect research to ensure campaign success. And a key component of this research is wealth screening.

Wealth screening is research that determines a donor’s giving capacity by examining indicators like real estate holdings, stock information, past charitable giving, and other records.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Encompassing a Nonprofit's Story Begins with the Form 990

For nearly two decades, Charity Navigator has helped donors make better giving decisions and served to strengthen the sector in the process by promoting greater accountability and transparency practices. Until recently, our ratings applied to a subset of organizations that were predominantly older, larger, and better funded. This year, we set out to expand both the scope and depth of our ratings by developing a new rating system that encompasses over 150,000 charities and enables our site users to assess financial health metrics within the greater context of the organization’s overall effectiveness. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Remote Learning in East Los Angeles during COVID-19

According to our June 2020 survey of Star rated nonprofits, 72% of organizations have suffered financially due to the pandemic. Additionally, 54% of respondents have cut back on program services due to the pandemic/economic shutdown. To overcome this disruption and to continue to serve communities, many nonprofits are adapting and innovating.
Today, we are honored to share a first-hand account of what innovation and adaptation look like during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis from PUENTE Learning Center.

Over the last several months, PUENTE has adapted to COVID-19 by providing high-quality distance learning, handing out laptops to families in need, and distributing free meals to our community members. Even though the way we deliver programs has changed, our mission remains the same.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

6 Ways to Expand the Impact of Your COVID-19 Giving

We have seen incredible generosity since the outbreak of the pandemic. A new report on philanthropy and COVID-19 giving by Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) offers a jaw-dropping figure: Institutional grantmakers and major donors gave more than $11.9 billion in response to the global pandemic during the first half of 2020 alone. 

This amount is nothing short of inspiring. For comparison, it is 16 times more than funding for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria – combined. But now, more than any other time in recent history, philanthropy in all forms must continue to strive toward generosity that is as unprecedented as this pandemic is. 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Helping Voting and Democracy in a Pandemic

According to our June 2020 survey of Star rated nonprofits, 72% of organizations have suffered financially due to the pandemic. Additionally, 54% of respondents have cut back on program services due to the pandemic/economic shutdown. To overcome this disruption and to continue to serve communities, many nonprofits are adapting and innovating. 


Today, we are honored to share a first-hand account of what innovation and adaptation look like during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis from FairVote.


FairVote is a nonpartisan organization considered to be one of the leading electoral reform organizations working to give voters a stronger voice on Election Day. In a year when many people care deeply about a fair process where everyone can cast a vote that counts without compromising their health, we’ve been busy.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Tips from the IRS: Preparing for Natural Disasters Amidst Hurricane Season


As we've entered into National Preparedness Month, the Internal Revenue Service reminds people to create or maintain an emergency preparedness plan. A well-thought-out plan is a critical component for surviving natural disasters. Taxpayers, whether individuals, organizations or businesses, should take time now to create or update their emergency plans. 

 

A solid plan includes securing and duplicating essential documents, such as receipts for charitable giving, creating lists of property and knowing where to find information once a disaster has occurred. 

Monday, September 7, 2020

Labor Day 2020: 10 Nonprofits Advocating and Fighting for Workers’ Rights


For many, Labor Day means just two things: a long weekend and the end of the summer. As we prepare to trade vacations and warm weather for heading back to school and work, we celebrate this holiday with a day off. So why, then, do we call it “labor” day?

A creation of the labor movement in the late 1800s, labor unions advocated for a day off to recognize the working men and women of this country. The first Monday of September was originally decided upon as it falls directly in-between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. Nationally adopted as a holiday in 1894, we continue to recognize this occasion as a tribute to the contribution workers have made to the success of this country.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Top 3 Reasons to Vote by Mail in November and Beyond


 On the fence about voting by mailing? Due to the pandemic, the number of voters who vote by mail in this November’s election is likely to greatly exceed all previous elections. Personally, I’ve been voting by mail for the past three years and can’t imagine switching back to in-person voting. Read on to discover my Top 3 Reasons to Vote by Mail in November and Beyond.

A record nine states plus the District of Columbia are automatically sending all of their registered voters vote-by-mail ballots for the upcoming election. Those nine states are California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Vermont.