In 2001 Pat and Marion Dugan were interested in significantly increasing their charitable giving/social investing. As remains the case today, they were witnessing reports of scandals at a variety of local and national charities. Since many of these charities were household names that people assumed did good work, they concluded that they needed an independent and objective source of information to rely upon. But the information was not readily available. Therefore, believing that the American people are amazingly generous and derive great satisfaction from helping others, but are not always sure how to help, they decided to create an unbiased source of information that would assist not just their needs for this information, but charitable givers/social investors throughout the nation with every type of charitable interest.
In the following video, Mr. Dugan, our Co-Founder and Chairman of our Board, discusses in his own words the story of why he created Charity Navigator, the challenges the organization faced in the beginning and what he sees for the future. A more detailed article about Mr. Dugan and the creation of Charity Navigator can be found here.