Charity Navigator

Rating: 3.33 stars   21 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.
Results: Information about our effectiveness and results can be found on our website: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=1113.
Geographic areas served: national
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a board member for several years and can tell you that Charity Navigator is making a serious difference. The staff is dedicated, hardworking, and passionate about the mission, and the web site helps steer donors away from bad non-profits. While the rating system continues to evolve, Charity Navigator has helped bring needed transparency and accountability to the non-profit world.

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

...through using the web site and hearing from charities that they have tried to improve their rating.

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

...give it more money!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was pulled into Charity Navigator by its founders, Pat and Marion Dugan--an extraordinarily generous and visionary couple. I quickly became engrossed in its mission and have used my experience running a non-profit to help make it into an institution that will deepen its ability to serve donors. It's simply a terrific organization with brilliant staff and a devoted Board.

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

Helping me decide which charities to support.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with Charity Navigator since its inception, first as its PR counsel and, most recently, as a board member. CN more than fills the void in the non-profit world for an objective voice in determining what charities are most responsible with their donors' money -- it's grown into a conscience for the industy and its mere presence helps other 501(c)3's toe the line.

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

I do not give one dollar to any organization without checking Charity Navigator's ratings.

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

Make sure every American knew its value.

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

seeing how its simple rating system gives an increasingly accurate snapshot of an organization's efficacy.

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

Intelligent and dedicated.

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

give a more complete reading of a charity's effectiveness, specifically how well it fulfills its stated mission.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote to Charity Navigator.

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

Funding

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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