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President & CEO's Report for July 2011

July 1, 2011


On June 13th we co-hosted an event at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service called, “Managing to Outcomes”. Over 100 nonprofit professionals, funders and experts from the tri-state area attended the event, along with professors from around the country. We will be posting video from the event by early next month, along with slide presentations that went along with them. One of the presentations was a case study of our efforts to revamp our rating system. You can read an executive summary of the case study here. We thank both the Hewlett Foundation and Liquidnet for making this event possible through their generous financial support.

We also want to acknowledge one of the unsung heroes of Charity Navigator who was instrumental in making the Managing to Outcomes event happen - Xandy Brown. Xandy was a student at the NYU Wagner School who was one of the first to test our three dimensional rating system in the fall of 2010. She then volunteered to help coordinate our 2011 spring semester testing of the tool with the next crop of graduate students. We then hired Xandy to help make the Managing to Outcomes forum possible. She also assisted tremendously with research for our recently completed strategic planning process. In June Xandy graduated from NYU with a Masters in Public Administration and was quickly hired by Teach for America. We thank her so much for her wonderful work. She will be sorely missed!

At the same time, we are happy to welcome three new Advisory Panel members – William von Mueffling, Dr. David Campbell and Dr. Joaquin Herranz. Mr. von Mueffling of Cantillon Capital Management is a member of the Charity Navigator Board with a great deal of financial expertise and interest in outcome measurement. Dr. Campbell is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the State University of New York in Binghamton and has his students working with us on our new rating system. Dr. Herranz is an Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at Texas A&M International University. Welcome all!

Finally, you will notice that going forward we are changing our terminology a bit. We are making this modification of language to more clearly distinguish each step on the road to changing our rating system. To begin with, going forward we will refer to the two dimensional rating system (adding Accountability and Transparency to our measures of Financial Health) which will be impacting charity ratings starting later this summer CN 2.0. The three dimensional system that includes results reporting will be referred to as CN 3.0. For more on this see our recent blog post on this here.

Until next time, all the best,
Ken Berger

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