January 23, 2013
At Charity Navigator we believe there are three dimensions that donors should consider in making wise charitable giving/ social investment decisions. Those dimensions are: (1) Financial Health, (2) Accountability & Transparency, and (3) Results Reporting. CN 3.0 embodies all three dimensions.
Why is it important that Charity Navigator add a review of each charity's Results Reporting to its methodology? Because mission-related results are the very reason that charities exist! Effective charities have a strong focus on results; on the outcomes and impact resulting from their work. So we developed a new rating dimension that specifically examines how well charities report on their results. CN 3.0 thus further fulfills the purpose of Charity Navigator - to help charitable givers make wise decisions in choosing the charities that are most worthy of their donations.
A Developmental Approach to Evaluating Results Reporting
Currently, the Results Reporting data is presented for informational purposes only. We do not intend to rate charities on this information until we have gathered the data for every organization in our database. We expect this process to be completed in 2016 (provided we are able to secure the necessary funding) at which time all of the charities on our site would have a star rating reflective of the three dimensions: Financial Health, Accountability & Transparency, and Results Reporting.
If even a third of the 7 million people who visited our site last year had donated a dollar to Charity Navigator, we would comfortably meet our annual budget and be able to do what so many of you ask us to do every day--rate more charities!
With the support of users like you, we are currently investing in staff and technology. This will allow us to improve the search and organizational features of our site, making it easier to find the information that matters most to you. We will also continue to enhance our evaluation system and metrics.
So, whether you're a first time visitor or a long time user, we ask for your help in achieving our goal. Your gift of any size is most deeply appreciated! Thank You!
With the support of users like you, we are making it easier to find the info that matters most. Thank you!