Charity Navigator is America’s largest and most influential charity evaluator. We had over 7 million visits to our web site in 2014 alone and impact approximately $10 billion of charitable donations each year. This makes Charity Navigator far and away the largest and most utilized charity rating service that exists anywhere.
From the very start, with our strong commitment to continuous improvement, Charity Navigator has been refining and expanding our rating system (see our Timeline for more details). Our goal is to develop a system that includes what we believe are the three dimensions of a charity’s operations that a informed charitable givers/social investor needs to consider when selecting a charity to support. Those dimensions are:
The star rating system, as it exists today, embodies the first two dimensions. And we are working hard on a multi-phase, multi-year project to add Results Reporting metrics to our star system. Concurrently, we're also making plans to revise some of the metrics that are used to assess each charity's Financial Health. With both of these projects, we are consulting industry leaders, academics, charity representatives, donors and others to ensure our system meets the needs of all our stakeholders while remaining consistent with our initial unbiased, objective and data-driven approach to rating charities. As these projects progress, we will post updates on this page.
Click here for an update on plans to revise our Financial Health metrics.
Click here for an update on our progress towards rating Results Reporting.