April 1, 2013
At Charity Navigator, we evaluate, for free, more than 8,000 charities. That’s more organizations than anyone else in America has ever attempted! But with more than 1.4 million nonprofits in America, there are many that do not meet our criteria for evaluation or that we simply haven't been able to rate yet. So when our users searched for a charity they were interested in, sometimes they would find no information at all on our site.
Now, donors searching our site for their favorite local charities, newly formed charities, or other organizations we haven’t yet rated, can confirm the nonprofit status of such groups and access tips for conducting their own due diligence.* That’s because Charity Navigator’s website has expanded to include all 1.4 million nonprofits that have registered with the Internal Revenue Service. This 1.4 million is comprised of more than 30 different types of nonprofits which include health, advocacy groups, labor unions, professional associations, private foundations and more. But the focus of Charity Navigator is the largest of these 30 types --- the 501(c)(3) public charities. They total nearly 1 million, represent almost two-thirds of the registered nonprofits in America, and are the ones for whom donations are tax-deductible.
With this expansion of Charity Navigator's database, visitors to our site will now see two sets of search results: Rated Organizations and Unrated Organizations.
In the not-too-distant future, we plan to make the following enhancements to this additional data:
How This Data Helps Donors
We believe that the expansion of our web site to include every US registered nonprofit will provide a number of invaluable new features for our users:
In conclusion, we believe that this expansion critically aligns with our mission to be a guide to intelligent giving. We are excited to be able to offer this new feature to you and hope you find it as useful as we intend it to be. Please let us know what you think of it and any suggestions you may have to further enhance the information we provide by emailing us.
*We don't rate charities that have less than $1 million in revenue (only about 4% of all donations to the nonprofit sector each year go to charities of that smaller scale) and we are not able to rate charities that haven't been in existence for at least 4 years. Visit the Methodology section of our site to learn more about our criteria for selecting charities to rate.
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!