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December's President's Report

December 3, 2008


What a month November was! It began with my taking a trip to China to present at the Global Philanthropy Forum. Click here to see some of the video from the event and click here to see some of the reaction. I then was off to Philadelphia to attend the annual conference of the Independent Sector which is an organization that represents some of the largest charities, foundations and associations in the country. Click here and here for some of my thoughts on the event. The full list of my blog entries for November can be found on Ken’s Commentary.

I was then off to Washington D.C. to attend the first meeting of a group that is calling itself the Working Group for Effective Social Investing. They are pursuing the development of tools to evaluate charities that measure their outcomes. This is a direction that Charity Navigator is already pursuing and we hope to use this group of experts as a sounding board for our plans in this area.


In November, I also was on National TV discussing the impact of the current economic climate on charities. Click here to watch the two minute clip.


I am happy to report that our Founders, Marion and Pat Dugan, received an award for their outstanding philanthropic efforts from a chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Unlike all the other awardees at the event, Pat said hardly a word about himself and instead used his time at the mike to talk about one thing - the importance and value of Charity Navigator. Pat and Marion’s passion and determination to have us “do great things” at this organization remains unabated after 7 years. We can not thank them enough.


As I write this, it is the day before Thanksgiving. I hope all of you had an opportunity to celebrate and remember the many things we can be thankful about. At the same time, the news about our country’s immediate financial future is looking very gloomy indeed. We believe the many outstanding charities in this country will play a vital role in helping us get through our current economic challenges. We also believe the importance of Charity Navigator has only intensified as we have entered a period when making every penny count is all the more critical. Ultimately however, it is people like you who make intelligent giving decisions that will keep the best charities afloat. Thank you for all the ways that you give!


All the best,

 Ken Berger


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