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Charity Navigator Articles

Reflecting on 2021 and looking forward to our 20th Year: A message from Michael Thatcher, President & CEO, Charity Navigator
January 4, 2022 -- Michael Thatcher, President & CEO, Charity Navigator, reflects on 2021, including the full launch of the Encompass Rating System alongside the Star Rating System, and the ratification of the organization's new 5-year strategic plan.

#GivingTuesday 2021: Analysis of this Day Dedicated to Generosity
December 6, 2021 -- Charity Navigator, the world's largest and trusted evaluator of nonprofits reports more than $1 million was donated through its Giving Basket on the annual day of global generosity

Analysis: Donor Generosity During President Biden's First 100 Days
May 24, 2021 -- A look at trends in giving during the COVID-19 pandemic, including during President Biden's first 100 days in 2021, compared to the same time period during President Trump's first 100 days in 2017

Charity Navigator's Plans for the COVID-19 Pandemic's Effect on Financial Ratings
April 6, 2021 -- Charity Navigator will provide all rated organizations with the opportunity to submit narrative data detailing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their nonprofit, and how they innovated and adapted to fulfill the needs related to their mission.

Charity Navigator and Partners Complete the Impact Data Experiment
March 8, 2021 -- The experiment added impact & results data to charity profile pages on CharityNavigator.org, such as impact statements and progress reports

#GivingTuesday 2020: A Record-Breaking Day
December 7, 2020 -- The world's largest evaluator of nonprofits saw an astonishing 34% increase in dollars raised for 3,675+ nonprofits, with over $1.4 million going to charity in 2020 compared to just over a million dollars in 2019.

Charity Navigator Begins Rating Nonprofits on Impact with Acquisition of ImpactMatters
October 14, 2020 -- The integration of the two organizations means that Charity Navigator is now rating nonprofits on their impact.

IRA Rollover deadline for Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) extended to August 31, 2020
August 24, 2020 -- In June, the IRS announced rollover relief for Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from retirement accounts that were waived under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The rollover deadline had been extended to August 31, 2020.

Charity Navigator Convenes Consultative Council of Nonprofit Leaders
June 9, 2020 -- Charity Navigator decides to create the Consultative Council of Nonprofit Leaders to help with ratings and resources moving forward.

A Statement on Guaranteeing Civil Rights
June 3, 2020 -- We are united in our belief that people of all races, colors, and creeds must be treated equally. Black Lives Matter and civil rights must be given and guaranteed.

#GivingTuesdayNow Inspires Increased Giving on Charity Navigator
May 7, 2020 -- Data from Charity Navigator's Giving Basket verifies elevated generosity on #GivingTuesdayNow.

Impact of the Pandemic & Economic Shutdown on the Nonprofit Sector
April 17, 2020 -- Charity Navigator partnered with Reuters News to conduct a survey of nonprofits to assess the financial and programmatic impacts of COVID-19 on the nonprofit sector.

We're In This Together: Charity Navigator's Response to COVID-19
March 16, 2020 -- Charity Navigator is taking steps to continue to serve philanthropists of all sizes and the nonprofits they support.

Charities Now Required to E-File IRS Form 990s
January 28, 2020 -- For the past few years, Charity Navigator has pointed to the benefits and importance of electronically filing (E-file) the IRS Form 990. Because the content gleaned from an E-filed 990

Charity Navigator Publishes Constituent Voice Information
December 3, 2019 -- Charity Navigator, in partnership with Candid, provides information about charities' constituent feedback practices.

Charity Navigator Adjusts Material Diversion of Assets Scoring
November 2, 2019 -- In November 2019, Charity Navigator moved to change its Material Diversion of Assets scoring to account for charities' alignment with good governance and best practices.

Giving Calculator
November 1, 2019 -- Thinking about giving to charity? We can point you in the right direction. Charity Navigator guides intelligent giving. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to helping you find a charity which best matches your interests and beliefs. We are the only source in America that provides in-depth, objective analysis of the financial health of more than 5,000 of America's largest charities for free.

On-Campus Organizations Encourage Millennial-Minded Philanthropy
August 24, 2017 -- Charity Navigator recently surveyed highly rated (3- and 4-star) organizations with large campus followings across the United States. Through this survey, we sought to understand when students choose to engage with charities and which organizations.

Reduce Your Tax Bill
April 1, 2017 -- People give to charity for many heartfelt, altruistic reasons. But as evident by the surge in online gifts flowing through our site on December 31st,

Love a Charity
February 1, 2017 -- February is a great time to show your favorite charities some love by making an extra contribution or volunteering your time and talent.

Introducing Charity Navigator's New Advisory System
August 30, 2016 -- We are excited to announce the launch of a new platform called the CN Advisory System. It is designed to help alert the public to charities that may have engaged in unethical or illegal actions and thus furthers our mission of helping donors make informed giving decisions.

Fake Charities Prey on Donors to Make Bank
July 1, 2016 -- Before you donate, make sure the organization is a legitimate charity and not a fake group trying to scam you out of your hard earned money.

Rating System Evolution
June 1, 2016 -- A description of how Charity Navigator's rating methodology has changed over the years since the service launched in 2002.

Infographic: 4 Simple Questions for Noncash Donations
April 19, 2016 -- Not all trash is another man's treasure! Ask these four questions before donating that noncash item.

Spring Cleaning
April 4, 2016 -- Spring is here! Find out how you can clean up the house and give away non-cash items to charity while still remaining respectful of the charity's needs.

Cancer Charities Scam
May 20, 2015 -- In an unprecedented collaboration, the FTC and 58 law enforcement agencies put a web of sham cancer charities out of business.

Charity Navigator Now Provides Basic Information for all 1.4 Million U.S. Registered Nonprofits
April 1, 2013 -- Charity Navigator's website has expanded to include all 1.4 million nonprofits that have registered with the Internal Revenue Service.

Guide To Giving In The Workplace
April 17, 2006 -- Each year, billions of dollars are donated to America's charities through workplace giving campaigns. Chances are that if you work at a corporation or for the federal government, you've had the opportunity to participate in one of these programs.

Types of Nonprofits
April 16, 2006 -- Types of nonprofits

Evaluating Charities: Why the Numbers Count
April 15, 2002 -- Americans use numbers and data to make decisions in every aspect of their lives. As investors, shoppers, diners, and travelers, we access scores, ratings and polls to decide where we live, what we buy, what we eat, and where we travel. In evaluating charities, the numbers count just as much. We should use financial analysis to evaluate charities. Doing so will show us which charities to support, will teach us more about how charities work, will help charities find ways to improve, and will help us become better givers.

How Do We Rate Charities' Financial Health? (CN 1.0 and CN 2.0)
April 15, 2002 -- We base our evaluations on the financial information each charity provides in its informational tax returns, or IRS Forms 990.

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