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Charity Navigator Assesses Nonprofits' Leadership & Adaptability


New score provides donors with insight into leadership capacity, strategic planning, and ability to respond to changes in constituent demand

August 3, 2021 - SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – Charity Navigator, the world’s largest evaluator of nonprofits, has announced the release of the Leadership & Adaptability beacon, within its Encompass Rating System. Scores are issued based on submitted data from nonprofit organizations, detailing investments in leadership, external mobilization efforts, and stories of adaptation. 

“Over the past year, nonprofits have been severely challenged. For many, strength of leadership and the ability to adapt to the unique circumstances was the only way to survive,” says Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “The Leadership & Adaptability beacon helps donors find and support nonprofits that are forward-looking, strategic, and resilient.”

Charity Navigator will be hosting a free webinar on August 11 to share more information on the Leadership & Adaptability beacon. Nonprofit leaders interested in earning Leadership & Adaptability beacons can submit information through the Nonprofit Portal at charitynavigator.org/portal


Charity Navigator, the world’s largest and most-utilized independent nonprofit evaluator, empowers donors of all sizes with free access to data, tools, and resources to guide philanthropic decision making. Through Charity Navigator's ratings, nonprofits are equipped with the nonprofit sector's premier trust indicator and a powerful platform to raise awareness and funds. Charity Navigator does not charge the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501(c)(3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations, and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers.

Media contact:

Kevin Scally, Chief Relationship Officer, media@charitynavigator.org, 201-345-5208


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