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March 16, 2022 - SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – Charity Navigator, the world’s largest evaluator of nonprofits, today announced a new rating methodology for the Encompass Rating System. This release features updates to the Culture & Community and Impact & Results beacons. More than 10,000 nonprofits are now scored on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices through the Culture & Community beacon, and Charity Navigator has expanded its Impact & Results scores to assess new program types, including homeless housing, early literacy, animal shelters, basic goods distribution for needy individuals, and financial/credit counseling.
“Donors want to know where their money is going, but, more importantly, they want to know what their money is doing,” said Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “By continually strengthening our ratings, we’re guiding millions of donors to the most effective, equitable, and impactful organizations working to make a difference.”
“Our ratings encourage best practices across the sector,” said Bilal Taylor, Charity Navigator’s Vice President of Culture & Community. “With our new methodology, we anticipate that nonprofits will place greater emphasis on becoming more equitable, more inclusive, and more diverse; and our research suggests this can enhance decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.”
The data used for the DEI scores has been provided in partnership with Candid. Nonprofits interested in earning or updating beacons can visit the Charity Navigator Nonprofit Portal.
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Charity Navigator, the world’s largest and most-utilized independent nonprofit evaluator, empowers donors of all sizes with free access to data, tools, and resources to guide philanthropic decision-making. Through Charity Navigator's ratings, nonprofits are equipped with the nonprofit sector's premier trust indicator and a powerful platform to raise awareness and funds. Charity Navigator does not charge the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501(c)(3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations, and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers.
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