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President & CEO's Report for June 2011

June 1, 2011


Little more than a week ago we witnessed the horrible tornado that killed over 100 people in Joplin, Missouri. This is one of the worst disasters of its kind in our nation’s history and we urge everyone to consider the charities we rate highly that are working in the area to help the victims of this terrible tragedy. Click here to learn about these highly rated charities.

May was also a month of greetings and farewells at Charity Navigator. We bid farewell to Emily Navarro who began as Program Analyst and then became a Senior Program Analyst during her 7 year tenure. Emily has been a very thoughtful and active member of the analyst staff who helped in the formative years of Charity Navigator, as well as helping in the development of our new rating dimension on Accountability and Transparency. She also achieved starting a family and securing a degree in Accounting while she worked with us! She has moved on to work for the IRS as an auditor! The IRS is very lucky to have her and we wish her all the best in her career there.

We also welcome two new volunteers – Mary DiLandro and Pete Miragliotta and a new Advisory Panel member – Dr. Jackson Kytle. Mary is helping us with our communication system and Pete with CN 2.0 and our business planning process. Dr. Kytle has a long career in the educational field and will help us in our analysis of educational charities for CN 2.0. Welcome all!

Finally, we are thrilled to tell you that in the past month we have received commitments for two foundation grants of $100,000 each. This is far more foundation support than we have ever seen in our ten year history and exceeds our target for this fiscal year! Funding from The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation will support our general operating costs and a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will help us complete our development of the CN 2.0 Rating tool. We thank the leadership of the Kellen Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation for this historic level of support!

Until next time, all the best,
Ken Berger

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