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"I depend on your diligence for accountability on keeping an honest evaluation of the different organizations. I truly believe in sharing treasure and I want it to go as far as possible for programs that truly aid those in distress throughout the world. It is now my first act to check with Charity Navigator when receiving an appeal. Your work helps me live a better life and allows me to share without a nagging second thought about whether my donation goes to those in need." - Charity Navigator Donor
"A new donor who called in December who was interested in becoming a monthly donor said that he chose Children’s Aid because of our ranking on Charity Navigator. Another loved our services but needed the Charity Navigator’s reassurance. We hear this a lot." - Patricia M. Grayson, Assistant Executive Director of Development, Children's Aid Society
"I just received a very nice thank you for a small donation I made to [Charity Navigator]. How classy! I donate to 50 plus charities annually and couldn't do it without your help. Thank you!" - Charity Navigator Donor
"[Charity Navigator] is the Michelin guide to aid organizations." - J. Jacobs, O, The Oprah Magazine
"Please find the enclosed donation to your very worthwhile service. As Controller for Salco Products, Inc., I have found it invaluable in assessing where to direct our corporate donations. Since finding your site, I have discontinued donations to at least half of the charities we had historically supported and happily replaced them with those doing a much better job at getting the most bang from the buck." - David Clauter, Controller, Salco Products, Inc.
"I find Charity Navigator to be such a fabulous reference, both in writing the column and in my own personal giving, and am thrilled to be able to share it with our readers." - Sandy Stonesifer, Columnist, Slate
"Charity Navigator has been a big help to me. We are retired now, but before we retired we gave to many charities. Now we have to be a little bit more picky about who we donate to and as a result I am constantly check with your web site. It really is a wonderful thing you are doing." - Charity Navigator User
An examination of the 990 forms and Charity Navigator ratings of 405 charities for three-year periods between 2002 and 2006 found a 'very robust' association between a change in rating and donor behavior the following year. Thirty-one percent of organizations had no change in rating. For those that had a one-star change in rating, they experienced an average of a 39 percent change in donations correlated either up or down.- Daniel Neely, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
"As our organization continues to grow and evolve, it's important that our donors know 97 percent of our resources fund programs that feed our hungry neighbors. Our rating demonstrates that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously, while keeping our mission front and center-to provide every meal, every day, for every hungry neighbor-and that they can trust their gifts are used wisely."- Julie Yurko, President and CEO, Northern Illinois Food Bank
"I know it sounds cynical, but the first thing I want to know when I'm asked to donate money is, 'How much of my contribution will actually reach those it's intended for?' It's sad, but with all the corruption in the world today, we can't just assume that our hard earned dollars will get to the people most in need. Charity Navigator sets my mind at ease. With their incredible website, I can give knowing the money I've pledged is actually helping." - Dee Snider, Lead Singer, Twisted Sister
"Our staff works very hard to make sure our efforts on behalf of our funders and clients are put to the best possible use. We take a great deal of pride in our 4 star designation from Charity Navigator." - Susan Holden-Dodge, Executive Director, Barnabas Center
"Summaries offered by Charity Navigator for thousands of organizations are the best I've found. You'll find a concise mission statement, efficiency measures, scope and size, revenue and expenses, and management information in a clear and easy-to-use format. I especially like the section giving comparative performance of similar charities. There are tools to help find and pick charities, and the site gives its own "star" rating system on key categories." -Jennifer Openshaw, MarketWatch
"Charity Navigator is bringing new transparency to an otherwise opaque industry. I enjoy Charity Navigator and its ease of use. Charity Navigator makes me an 'authority' on non-profits."- Charity Navigator User
"I want to express my gratitude for the 4 star rating which Charity Navigator bestowed on ICM. This award substantiates the manner in which ICM has strived to operate since its inception." - Dois I. Rosser, Jr., Founder and Chair Emeritus, International Cooperating Ministries
"It's great to have nonbiased and carefully researched data for salaries. The discussion came up this week in local executive director’s group and I shared [Charity Navigator's CEO Compensation Study] with them. Thanks for being a great resource for donors and charities!"- Sharon Harmon, Executive Director, Oregon Humane Society
Charity Navigator is "a leading charity evaluator and donor advocacy group... I should reemphasize [Charity Navigator] is an advocacy group for donors." - Michelle Singletary, Personal Finance Reporter, The Washington Post
"I saw your site referred to in a Wall Street Journal article and wanted to let you know I think it is tremendous. I have been looking for something like this for so long - so I can give not just based on sentiment or good marketing, but based on empirical performance benchmarks. It is so incredibly empowering and useful." - Charity Navigator User
"[Charity Navigator] lends credibility to what we do. It’s independent, outside, and they’ve given us a very flattering endorsement. This award can generate first-time donors and at the same time reassure regular donors about their contributions."- Susan Schwartz, Director of Marketing and Communication, Cleveland Institute of Music
"Today I had a phone call from a charity asking if they could count on me for support. Thanks to your service, I could quickly see that very little of my donation would actually go to help cancer victims." - Charity Navigator User
"[Charity Navigator] is a terrific service --- similar to Moodys and Dun & Bradstreet in the corporate world." - Charity Navigator User
"In an effort to do something concrete to help with the dire water situation that many Africans face, I decided to support the construction of a new well in Africa. After checking out Charity Navigator's rating for Africare I decided to work with this charity. Instead of just paying for a single well myself, I've been approaching family and friends for additional donations. To do my solicitations I assembled a folder that included a printout of Charity Navigator's Africare evaluation. My friends and family all looked carefully at the financial pie chart and I explained the four star rating. So far, I have raised nearly $4,500 (including my match) and Africare is setting up a special water project in Angola to use our money. Together, my family and friends will help to improve the lives of at least 1,000 people. Thank you for helping me to make it happen!" - Charity Navigator User
"Charity Navigator helps regular folks make informed decisions on where to donate."- Times Herald-Record
"The information provided on Charity Navigator's website is a valuable resource for citizens concerned about making wise giving decisions." - The Honorable Mark Hammond, South Carolina Secretary of State
"Consider it [Charity Navigator] the Consumer Reports of the nonprofit world." - PCWorld.com
"I am a supporter of Charity Navigator. They provide another set of eyes, and a smart pair at that, on the activities of charities here in Massachusetts." - Jamie Katz, Assistant Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
"Charity Navigator has helped convert my skepticism about charity efficiency and honesty and will enable me to become a more generous giver in the future. This is a very well-organized site and is much needed in these times of increasing scams and misplaced intentions. Thanks for what you do." - Charity Navigator User
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