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Where We Are Headed


Charity Navigator is America’s largest and most influential charity evaluator. We had over 9 million visits to our web site in 2015 alone and impact at least $10 billion of charitable donations each year. This makes Charity Navigator far and away the largest and most utilized charity rating service that exists anywhere.

From the very start, with our strong commitment to continuous improvement, Charity Navigator has been refining and expanding our rating system. Our goal is to develop a system that includes what we believe are the three dimensions of a charity’s operations that a informed charitable givers/social investor needs to consider when selecting a charity to support. Those dimensions are:

  1. Financial Health
  2. Accountability & Transparency and
  3. Results Reporting

The star rating system has evolved over the years and, as it exists today, embodies the first two dimensions. Our team is working hard on a multi-phase, multi-year project to add Results Reporting metrics to our star system. We are consulting industry leaders, academics, charity representatives, donors and others to ensure our system meets the needs of all our stakeholders while remaining consistent with our initial unbiased, objective and data-driven approach to rating charities. As this projects progress, we will post updates on this page.

Learn more about our panel of experts that are advising us as we evolve our methodology.




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If even a third of the 7 million people who visited our site last year had donated a dollar to Charity Navigator, we would comfortably meet our annual budget and be able to do what so many of you ask us to do every day--rate more charities!

With the support of users like you, we are currently investing in staff and technology. This will allow us to improve the search and organizational features of our site, making it easier to find the information that matters most to you. We will also continue to enhance our evaluation system and metrics.

So, whether you're a first time visitor or a long time user, we ask for your help in achieving our goal. Your gift of any size is most deeply appreciated! Thank You!

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