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Black History Month
February 16, 2017 -- Every year, Americans observe Black History Month in February. Historian Carter G. Woodson, the son of freed slaves

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.

Reduce Your Tax Bill
January 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,

Tennessee Wildfires: How to Help
December 2, 2016 -- Find out how you can help the victims of the recent fires in Tennessee.

Hurricane Matthew
October 4, 2016 -- On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti as a category 4. Find out which charities are responding.

The Paralympic Games and Charities Promoting Adaptive Sports
September 6, 2016 -- This summer's Paralympic Games, an international multi-sport event involving athletes with a range of disabilities, shines a light on a range of charities that help people with physical disabilities participate in sports. Find out more about how you can get involved.

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.

Orlando Nightclub Shooting - How To Help
June 13, 2016 -- Find out how you can safely donate to help the victims the Orlando nightclub shooting.

Introducing CN 2.1: Enhanced Financial Health Rating Metrics
June 1, 2016 -- Charity Navigator announces the launch of CN 2.1 - a new version of our rating system with significant updates to our financial health rating metrics.

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.

Nepal Earthquake Anniversary: One Year Later
April 21, 2016 -- A year after the Nepal earthquake, we all want to know just how far the millions donated went towards relieving the victims' suffering and rebuilding the region.

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.

Webinar Recording: Ask Charity Navigator's CEO Anything
February 1, 2016 -- Answering Your Questions About Donating

Results Reporting - Phases of Implementation
August 3, 2015 -- Results Reporting is a major undertaking which we have broken out into five manageable phases.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: 1 Year Anniversary
August 2, 2015 -- What Happened to the Money Raised via the ALS #IceBucketChallenge?

Milestones in Philanthropy
July 1, 2015 -- The following timeline recounts some of the pivotal moments in the development of America's philanthropic sector.

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.

5th Graders Learning With Charity Navigator
April 1, 2015 -- Charity Navigator, a website designed to inform potential donors about charities before they invest, is without a doubt one of the best teaching aides available to America’s teachers. With

Today's Featured Charities
December 5, 2013 -- Today's Featured Charities

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.

What to Do When Disaster Strikes
January 1, 2013 -- Americans are generous and eager to help their neighbors in a crisis - whether those neighbors are next door, across the country, or on the opposite side of the...

Year-End Giving Trends: 2012 Poll Results
November 16, 2012 -- We recently invited donors and charities to take part in a poll about their year-end giving plan and expectations for 2012. 175 donors and 40 charities completed our survey.

Conversation with Breast Cancer Charities: The Ins and Outs of Cause-Related Marketing
October 2, 2012 -- Find out how charities decide which products/ firms are a good fit for a cause-related marketing campaign and see what they say is the biggest misconception donors/ customers have about cause-related marketing.

Hurricane Katrina
August 27, 2012 -- On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made its second landfall as a Category 3 hurricane near New Orleans. A year later, in August 2006, Charity Navigator took a look at the charitable response to this, the costliest natural disaster and one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.

Billions of Dollars Donated by Millions of Users
April 4, 2012 -- Charity Navigator is estimated to be influencing billions of dollars (between 5 and 10 billion at last count) of charitable gifts each year provided by over 3 million unique

Invisible Children: The Charity Behind KONY 2012
March 14, 2012 -- In March 2012, the charity, Invisible Children, released a video called Kony 2012. The video became an Internet sensation with 75 million views on YouTube in just a few days. But the video's tremendous popularity brought the charity a mixed bag of praise and scrutiny.

4-Star Rating Promoted in Wall Street Journal Prompts Donor to Fine-Tune Charitable Contributions
March 1, 2012 -- Marcia W., a lifelong donor who resides in Sarasota, FL, said she “got serious” about responsible giving in the late 1990s, when she retired from a long career as

Year-End Giving Trends
November 1, 2011 -- We recently invited donors and charities to take part in a survey about year-end giving trends for 2011. Via this survey, we also sought to gain a better understanding

Managing to Outcomes
August 1, 2011 -- This past June, Charity Navigator and the NYU Wagner Research Center for Leadership in Action, with funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Liquidnet, co-hosted a Forum.

Haiti Earthquake: 1 Year Later
January 7, 2011 -- This special report, released on the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, commemorates the significant outpouring of generosity from donors across America and takes a closer look at how charities put donations to use.

Recession Prompts Changes to Scoring for Certain Types of Charities
November 24, 2010 -- From the start, Charity Navigator’s methodology was designed to be both objective and fair. As such, when the data has dictated, we have established different performance benchmarks for the different

Charity Navigator Expands Rating Methodology
July 1, 2010 -- A major step forward in our efforts to revamp our rating system occurred on July 1st. We went live with the Accountability and Transparency methodology,

Help Survivors of the Earthquake in Haiti
January 13, 2010 -- On January 12th a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti's capital, Port-Au-Prince and caused massive devastation to the city. The death toll is expected to be well in the thousands and a

How CFC Charities Stack Up
October 1, 2009 -- The government's charity drive, know as the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), encourages federal civilian employees, members of the military, and U.S. Postal Service to pledge their financial support to charity.

Nonprofit CEOs Recognize Peers' Achievements
October 1, 2009 -- At Charity Navigator, it is our goal to advance a more efficient philanthropic marketplace, in which givers and the charities they support work in tandem to overcome our nation's...

Roundtable: Charity Leaders Discuss the Economy, the Importance of Year-End Giving and Fundraising Strategies
November 1, 2008 -- Charity Navigator asked various nonprofit professionals charged with the task of generating contributions for their respective charities to answer some questions about their fundraising practices.

Charity Quiz
September 24, 2008 -- As the new school year gets underway, the first item on every teacher’s agenda is to determine what knowledge her students have retained over the summer. This inspired us to

Roundtable Discussion: Charity Leaders Speak Out About CEO Compensation, Special Events and the Economy's Impact on Giving
July 1, 2008 -- Read on to find out what charity leaders had to say about CEO compensation, special events, the new Form 990 and how the economy and presidential campaign are impacting contributions.

A Nation of Givers
March 31, 2008 -- Americans are remarkably charitable. But what sorts of people give the most? And how do we compare with the Europeans?

Five Charity Myths Dispelled
July 1, 2007 -- As part of our mission to provide donors with the information to make intelligent giving decisions, we shatter some commonly-held myths about charitable giving.

Roundtable Discussion: Small Charities Speak Out
July 1, 2007 -- Charity Navigator organized a roundtable discussion among the leaders of several smaller charities to give them the opportunity to share their unique point of view.

Five Great Ways To Teach Your Child About Philanthropy
February 1, 2007 -- It is never too early to instill philanthropy in a child; yet, teaching them that it is better to give than to receive can be a difficult task.

Not All Charities Are Equal...
February 2, 2004 -- Since Charity Navigator was founded in April of 2001, our analysts have reviewed over 16,000 financial documents of America's non-profit organizations. The information we've extrapolated from those documents is used to generate the nearly 3,000 unbiased charity evaluations available for free on our web site.

Charity Navigator Influences Half A Billion Dollars In Giving
January 1, 2004 -- In the past 12 months, a large segment of America's charitable donors have utilized Charity Navigator's financial evaluations to guide their giving. It is generally believed that users of www.charitynavigator.org contributed half a billion dollars to charity.

Time for Charities to Face the Facts: Efficiency Matters
June 1, 2003 -- If America's charities are left to their own devices, they will not find ways to operate more efficiently. Why not? Because leaders of America's charities and foundations don't believe efficiency matters. And as a result, we all lose.

Charity Navigator After Year One
April 15, 2003 -- We launched our non-profit organization, Charity Navigator one year ago, on April 15, 2002. At the time, our intentions were very simple. We wanted to introduce unbiased data-analysis and evaluation to the charitable sector. We recognized that billions of dollars were flowing through charities, and that in our opinion, most of it was despite the kind of data-driven, consumer-focused ratings that are pervasive in every other sector of the American economy. So, in the interest of consumer advocacy, with a secondary goal of promoting transparency and accountability in a sector that desperately needed it to restore consumer confidence amid much cynicism and skepticism, we unveiled Charity Navigator for America's charitable givers.

Charities, Donors, and the First Amendment
March 22, 2003 -- An upcoming Supreme Court case is the talk of the town among charities, their fundraisers, and the regulators and watchdogs responsible for monitoring their activity. The talk, mostly among insiders, is polite and the problem debated all-too-familiar. What do we do about charities that spend "too much" of our money on fundraising?

Why Does Our Government Ignore Charities?
October 14, 2002 -- Our government, from the White House to the State Houses, has not done an effective job of regulating America's charities. And this is a recipe for a disaster.

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.

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