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Charity Navigator Hires Michael Thatcher as CEO

Former Microsoft Tech Officer Brings Strong Experience in Policy and Social and Economic Change


GLEN ROCK, N.J., Aug, 5, 2015 – Charity Navigator, America’s leading charity rating service, announced today that its board of directors has approved the appointment of Michael Thatcher as president and chief executive officer.  Mr. Thatcher joins Charity Navigator with a successful track record as a technology executive with a reputation for achieving desired results and a passion for using technology as a tool to advance social good.

Prior to joining Charity Navigator, Thatcher spent more than 15 years with Microsoft. Most recently, he was their Public Sector Chief Technology Officer (CTO) responsible for technology policy initiatives and engagements with government and academic leaders in the Middle-East, Africa and Asia.  Based in Singapore since 2010, he led a team of nationally focused CTOs and technical development strategists across greater Asia.  Thatcher’s experiences include technically supporting oceanographic research for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, co-founding and directing an international performing arts organization, as well as serving on the board of directors of several nonprofits focused on the arts, the environment, and information technology standards development.  He most recently joined Keystone Accountabilities’ Board of Trustees.

“The board of directors was impressed with Michael’s extensive technical experience, outstanding leadership skills, collaborative approach to problem solving and his enthusiasm for our mission,” said Charity Navigator’s founder and Chairman of the Board John P. Dugan. “We strongly believe Michael is the right person to drive the expansion of our rating system and to grow the number of donors who utilize our service.”

“Charity Navigator is at a critical time in its development,” said Thatcher. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with the organization’s leadership as we focus on improving our collection and delivery of information while expanding our rating system to include metrics that effectively measure impact and results reporting.” 

About Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org)
Charity Navigator is the largest expert charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

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