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    Thought Leadership & News

    Beyond ratings, we want to ensure that you have access to essential information about the nonprofit sector and our work. Read our commentaries.

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      Embracing Iteration: Fall Methodology Update 2023
      Charity Navigator is thrilled to unveil its revamped Accountability & Finance methodology and updated point allocations for the Culture & Community beacon, providing donors with a more nuanced view of nonprofit effectiveness and organizations.
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      Juneteenth: A Call to Action for Donors
      Consider donating to Black-founded nonprofits in support of Juneteenth.
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      How do Charity Navigator Users Plan to Give in 2023?
      Helpful donating insights from 356 individuals.
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      Donors Prefer Charities that Earn All Four Beacons
      Charity Navigator surveyed donors on ratings and beacon scores.
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      Advisories are now Alerts: Here’s Why…
      Alerts ensure donors have the relevant information to make more informed choices about their charitable support.
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      2022 Holiday Giving Insights
      Charity Navigator surveyed 3011 donors and 853 charities to gain insights into how the 2022 giving season compared to 2021. These findings are not a comprehensive assessment of giving, but they can provide a window into the trends that shaped the season.
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      Reflecting on 2021 and Looking Forward to Our 20th Year
      Read reflections of 2021 and the future for Charity Navigator from CEO Michael Thatcher as 2022 begins, and with it, a new year of giving.
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      What the End of AmazonSmile Means for Donors
      The end of the philanthropic site gives donors the opportunity to support their favorite charities in more impactful ways.
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      2022: A Celebration of 20 Years
      In his annual message, Michael Thatcher, our President & CEO, shares how donors like you impacted a year full of changes.
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      Celebrating 20 Years of Informed Giving
      Watch the full-length 20th-anniversary celebration, be inspired, be entertained, and learn more about the causes you care about.
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      Pandemic's Impact on Nonprofit Performance Data
      How Charity Navigator is responding to the significant delays at the IRS in processing and making the Forms 990 available.
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      Charity Navigator Rating Systems Unification
      The Star and Encompass rating systems will be unified, creating a singular rating system to help donors make more informed giving decisions.
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      Donor Perspective on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
      Learn how scoring beacons by Charity Navigator guide donor and nonprofit behavior and have expanded to more areas like DEI, or Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
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      MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett: $2.7B Round of Giving
      Benefiting nonprofit infrastructure, community-centered services & education.
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      Highlighting Nonprofits That Put Equity into Practice
      Assessing where organizations are in their journey to prioritizing equity in their operations and pursuit of their missions.
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      Cash: A Vital Way to Support Families in Need
      Cash transfers have increasingly become a crucial form of international assistance. Why is that?
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      Factoring COVID-19 into Charity Ratings
      Like everything else, COVID-19 has had dramatic effects on charities around the world. Learn about COVID-19 impacts on Charity Navigator & their ratings.
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      The Trillion Dollar Opportunity
      Charity Navigator aims to guide $1 trillion to charities making the most impact over the next 10 years and we are well on our way. Learn more about our goal!
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      The Evolution of the Giving Basket
      The Giving Basket has evolved to be Charity Navigator's most powerful giving tool and since 2015, has raised +$165 million for nonprofits. Learn more!