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September 14, 2010

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September 14, 2010

I want my donations to get to the causes and people I care about and Charity Navigator provides a trustworthy, accurate, and easy to use way to do that. Their tools and site are easy to navigate.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my decisions about donating. It has prevented me from donating to charities that are not reputable or whose overhead prohibits my donation from direct service.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 16, 2012

I find it disappointing and at the same time extremely surprising that you void charity gift cards only 6 months after purchase. Consumers get better protections today with gift cards, which is certainly one of the lowest standards I can think of. I purchased gift cards for my daughters in the hope of educating them on charitable giving and instead the lesson might have been better titled "caveat emptor". I would encourage your Board to adopt a greater vision for your gift cards; you can do better than Home Depot. Brian Murphy

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 24, 2011

This is a great site that aims to help eliminate some of the confusion that can surround attempting to find a reputable charity. It definitely fills a void, as I didn't see any other sites out there that are so professionally run, and detailed. The info listed here can be a bit overwhelming, but the site at least makes an attempt to mitigate that through tutorials and other help screens. One quick complaint though... when you go to make a donation through this site, they take you to a different site - Network for Good, where you need to use a different login. So you can setup all your charities here, but when you go to give, you will need to set them all up again on the Network for Good site.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 3, 2011

I am wondering how many of these charities have accurate financial information posted here because I noticed that Catholic Charities was rated four stars with no listed government contributions which I know for a fact is completely untrue. In addition to most of the food they give away being USDA or local food banks there are many program fees charged by them which is why courts have found that restricting adoptions on their part for any reason including sexual orientation is illegal. Wisconsin recently canceled their 32 million dollar per year contract with the Catholic church for this reason . You can find more accurate information of them in business week than on Charity Navigator and I find that pretty sorry.
http://www.businessweek.com/print/magazine/content/02_15/b3778004.htm?chan=mz

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

Another ideological left group masquerading as a charity monitor. It's evaluations are designed to favor those receiving government grants and other large gifts... principally those of the ideological left. No self-respecting conservative group would accept government funds. The group's leadership tells us something of its motives. Trent Stamp, its first president, served as congressional staff for a liberal member of Congress. Now he works for the Eisner Foundation, Michael Eisner's foundation. The former Disney CEO is about as left-wing as they come.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that its results are biased against groups with independent funding, favors those groups getting tax-payer support.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Diversify the board, diversify the funding, develop a review system that is equitable and provides donors information they really need... How much goes to programs. Forget the stuff that's irrelevant.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Not much.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

None.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...say it has its third major donor. The group currently gets most of its funding from its Chairman, philanthropist John Dugan. Additionally, three of Charity Navigator's eight board members are Dugans.

Ways to make it better...

The group's reviews weren't biased towards groups that have their hands in my pockets. Receiving government funding ought to be counted against groups, not for them.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The groups has been running in the red for several years and has a limited funding base, harming their credibility. Its reviews useless.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Reviews aren't particularly timely. New 990s are available for some groups more than 6 months before updates are made.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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