Charity Navigator

Rating: 3.23 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Philanthropy

Location: 139 Harristown Road Suite 201 Glen Rock NJ 07452 USA

Mission: Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator has become the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. In our quest to help donors, our team of professional analysts has examined tens of thousands of non-profit financial documents. As a result, we know as much about the true fiscal operations of charities as anyone. We’ve used this knowledge to develop an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system to assess the financial health of 5,500 of America’s best-known charities.
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Geographic areas served: national
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Rating: 1 stars  

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If memory serves, I believe CN became a 501-c-3 in 2012. On March 24, 2013 their website stated that the reason they didn't rate themselves was because they only rate charities that have 5 years of data. On Sept 17, 2014 they changed it to 7 tears of data. It appears CN is avoiding rating themselves because the data would appear to net them a less than stellar rating. One wonders that when the 7 year date nears will they change it to 10 years of data needed?

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Thank you for using Charity Navigator's free website and for taking the time to share your feedback. The reason we do not rate ourselves is correct - we haven't operated as a 501 c 3 public charity long enough to qualify for a rating. This is the same standard we apply to all the charities that we rate: And I'm sorry you got the impression that we are increasing the number years of data needed in order to somehow avoid rating ourselves. That's not true at all. In fact, we've been working with charities, nonprofit accountants, industry experts, academics and others to upgrade our financial metrics. One idea that everyone agrees on is using 3 year averaging. And knowing that this a change to our methodology that we would be adopting, for several years now we've been collecting at least 7 years of data for each charity that we rate. You can read an update on the proposed changes to our financial metrics on our site here: And, although we do not yet rate ourselves, our financial data is accessible on our site here: Please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions.

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I became a Charity Navigator site visitor, and ultimately, a registered user in December of 2010, before making annual contributions to several causes that are important to me. Prior to that, I'd never gone to great lengths to vet the charities to which I'd donated. Now, I had access to a world of information that enabled me to do just that -- quickly, easily and at no cost. As consumers, most of us do a fair amount of -- if not extensive -- research on everything from cars to hotels to medical professionals before making purchasing decisions. (And we often pay for memberships in organizations that compile ratings to help us make those decisions.) It makes sense to approach our charitable giving with the same level of diligence, especially given the current economic climate. My experience with Charity Navigator impressed me so much that I became a volunteer in March 2011. Since that time, I've seen first hand how much work and care goes into evaluating each rated charity and to continuously providing new information to help guide donors. Thanks, Charity Navigator!

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I was in the office about three days a week and although it's not huge they get a lot of work done. I observed that whenever the phone would ring someone immediately picked it up and would help the caller with their question(be it another charity wondering about their rating or the general public.) I think they are doing important work to help the users to decide where to donate so that the money is used properly.

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