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Charity Navigator

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Board Leadership
Matt Giegerich
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Michael Thatcher
President, CEO

Among other eligibility criteria, Charity Navigator only rates nonprofits that have filed at least 7 years of the full Form 990 with the IRS. Charity Navigator has yet to file 7 years of full Form 990s with the IRS due to the fact that prior to being a 501(c) (3) public charity it functioned as a Private Foundation. Charity Navigator filed its first Form 990 in fiscal year 2012. As an organization committed to transparency and accountability, we felt it was worthwhile to present our own  financial, accountability and transparency metrics for others to review. 

This overview was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Charity Navigator works to make impactful philanthropy easier for all. Charity Navigator's goal is to equip the entire philanthropic ecosystem with the tools, ratings, and information they need to make impactful investments. In addition, CN works to expand the number of people and organizations who understand and commit to the idea of intentional philanthropy. And Charity Navigator strives to deepen the community's commitment to giving.

Charity Navigator works to make impactful philanthropy easier for all. Charity Navigator's goal is to equip the entire philanthropic ecosystem with the tools, ratings, and information they need to make impactful investments. In addition, CN works to expand the number of people and organizations who understand and commit to the idea of intentional philanthropy. And Charity Navigator strives to deepen the community's commitment to giving.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of nonprofits in CN database
1,680,000
Number of 0-4 star rated nonprofits
8,630
Number of CN Advisories
462
Total number of site visits
11,069,500
Donations ($) made directly via CN website to other charities
23,642,900
Number of overall donors
84,295
Number of Blog Visits
2,015,130
Number of charities with impact-related data
2,462
Number of Hot Topics lists published
31
Number of donations made through Hot Topics
28,514
Number of Twitter followers
71,455
Number of Facebook followers
37,354
Number of media mentions
2,251
Number of websites and organizations (outside of our organization) that share our resources and information
28,880
This impact information is current as of October 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
66.5%
  Administrative Expenses 16.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.24
  Program Expenses Growth 21.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.8%

Constituent Voice

Charity Navigator believes collecting feedback from the people an organization serves can make it more effective. That is why we're partnering with GuideStar by Candid to share Constituent Voice information with you. Here's how this organization is listening and learning from its constituents:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don't have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
After connecting with several charities that had material diversions of assets reported on their IRS Form 990, Charity Navigator decided to change the way we score for their reported incident Previously, a nonprofit organization that had a reported material diversion of assets and properly explained what happened in their Form 990 received a deduction of seven points from their accountability and transparency (A&T) metrics as part of their Charity Navigator rating This deduction would last for two years - one for the year it was reported and one for the year that followed After careful consideration, we decided to no longer deduct the points for the year following when the diversion was reported, as long as there weren't any additional material diversions of assets reported
This Constituent Voice information is provided to us by Candid. At this time, Constituent Voice information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $3,307,904
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $3,307,904
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,307,904
   Other Revenue $90,648
TOTAL REVENUE $3,398,552
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,123,519
   Administrative Expenses $442,292
   Fundraising Expenses $573,786
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,139,597
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $258,955
   
Net Assets $3,136,406

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Charity Evaluations $2,123,519 100.0%

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Constituent Voice

Charity Navigator believes collecting feedback from the people an organization serves can make it more effective. That is why we're partnering with GuideStar by Candid to share Constituent Voice information with you. Here's how this organization is listening and learning from its constituents:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don't have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
After connecting with several charities that had material diversions of assets reported on their IRS Form 990, Charity Navigator decided to change the way we score for their reported incident Previously, a nonprofit organization that had a reported material diversion of assets and properly explained what happened in their Form 990 received a deduction of seven points from their accountability and transparency (A&T) metrics as part of their Charity Navigator rating This deduction would last for two years - one for the year it was reported and one for the year that followed After careful consideration, we decided to no longer deduct the points for the year following when the diversion was reported, as long as there weren't any additional material diversions of assets reported
This Constituent Voice information is provided to us by Candid. At this time, Constituent Voice information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.
EIN 13-4148824
Name in IRS Master File CHARITY NAVIGATOR
Address 139 HARRISTOWN RD SUITE 101
GLEN ROCK, NJ 07452
NTEE Code T05
NTEE Classification Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date January, 2002
Asset Amount $3,824,950
Income Amount $4,570,440
Form 990 Revenue Amount $3,915,429
Latest Form 990 Return June, 2018
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$201,647 6.42% Michael Thatcher President, CEO
Constituent Voice

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Charity Contact Info

Charity Navigator
139 Harristown Road
Suite 101
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
tel: (201) 818-1288
fax: (201) 818-4694
EIN: 13-4148824

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Board Leadership

Matt Giegerich
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Michael Thatcher
President, CEO

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