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Monday, November 29, 2021

Why You Should Add GivingTuesday to Your Holiday Calendar

You’re knee-deep in Thanksgiving food, debating between a hike and a Black Friday sale, bookmarking your Cyber Monday wishlist, and coordinating your Small Business Saturday excursion. 2022 is already breathing down your neck. Is this really the time to take on another post-Thanksgiving “Day”-themed event? In short: Yes. 

Monday, November 22, 2021

Creating a World Where Diverse Native American Cultures & Values are Lived, Protected & Respected: The Association on American Indian Affairs

A Native American Heritage Month Feature 

The first thoughts in most peoples’ minds when thinking about Native Americans may involve a tall, angular, scantily clad brown man with long braids wearing a headdress, or a “Cherokee princess,” or perhaps an exhibit of pottery, arrows and shields behind glass with a diorama set in the beautiful past within the confines of a museum. We are portrayed as mystical, stoic and primitive on a can of baking powder; our Native names, often meaning “the People,” used to label helicopters and cars. These images perpetuate stereotypes of Native peoples, keeping us in the past and invisible – though we exist all around as you stand upon our homelands we continue to pray for. Many people believe that Native Americans did not survive the European invasion – or at least, we somehow do not exist as contemporary people that you pass by in the supermarket or on your way to work. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Meet Sammie Vance: Pint-sized philanthropic powerhouse and GivingTuesdaySpark Leader


This year, GivingTuesday, the global day of giving held on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, will take place on November 30.  As nonprofits and donors prepare for the giving season that continues until the end of the year, Charity Navigator is sharing philanthropic stories to provide inspiration. 

Meet Sammie Vance, a remarkable 12-year old from Fort Wayne, Indiana. She’s a GivingTuesdaySpark Leader, philanthropist, visionary, changemaker, and author.  Sammie demonstrates that giving can encompass many things, in many different ways, at any age. Below is her story written in her own words.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The Evolution of Charity Navigator’s Best Kept Secret, the Giving Basket


What if I told you that you might be unknowingly giving in a less than ideal way? I know, I know… If you’re reading this you’re likely not a novice donor. Even still, there may be a better way to donate.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Nonprofit Communications: 3 Strategies to Craft an Effective Communications Plan


Soliciting donations is only one aspect of an effective communications strategy. No matter how effective your ask is, you’ve only got part of the strategy down if you only send donation requests to your audience members. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Giving Back is Back in a Big Way: Making An Impact During the Giving Season by Volunteering


With Halloween just past and that candy corn starting to look stale, we’re hearing the first rumblings and preparation for holiday volunteer projects, both over Thanksgiving and through the months of December and January. Thankfully, as COVID vaccines and boosters continue to proliferate, the prospects of safe volunteering are looking better than ever.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Case Study - Hope for Haiti: Embracing Iteration and Technology to Inspire Support and Exponential Growth

Photo credit: Hope for Haiti. All rights reserved.

Over the past two years, Charity Navigator has featured stories of innovation, adaptation, resilience, and success by nonprofits serving communities in the U.S. and around the world. Today, we are pleased to feature Hope for Haiti, a 4-Star rated charity, providing critical relief services in the Caribbean nation of Haiti for over 32 years. This case study highlights their annual fundraising appeal - Hike for Haiti. We hope their story will inspire other organizations, and provide a unique view to donors and funders about challenges faced and conquered by strong and determined teams. www.hopeforhaiti.org

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Uncovering the Statistics: Why Facebook Challenges Work


Facebook Challenges are time-bound peer-to-peer fundraisers. During a Challenge, participants are added to a Facebook group to connect with one another as they complete a task (running, biking, etc.) and raise peer-to-peer funds from their respective networks.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Meet the Team: My Nonprofit Journey - Laura Andes

Welcome to our Meet The Team series, where each month we will introduce a member of the Charity Navigator team to our readers. We are extremely honored to be a part of the nonprofit community where our footprint (and our ratings!) have expanded, and we are incredibly appreciative of the support received from our donors and users, nonprofits, and funders. We hope this series will be enlightening and entertaining. Click here for other profiles.

My name is Laura Andes, and I am the Vice President of Impact Ratings here at Charity Navigator. My role is to continue to expand Charity Navigator’s capacity to accurately rate nonprofit impact and to help drive donors towards the most cost-effective nonprofits. I believe that by providing donors with accurate information on cost effectiveness and impact, we can center programmatic impact as a key tenant of charitable giving.