Programs: Charity Navigator is the largest expert charity evaluator in America. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of thousands of charities and by providing basic data on the rest of the 1.7 million nonprofits. 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.
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 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 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.