Charity Navigator is the most-utilized charity evaluator in America. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency of over 8,000 charities and provides basic data on the rest of the 1.4 million U.S. nonprofits.
Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a non-profit 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.
Specifically, the Charity Navigator rating system examines two broad areas of a charity’s performance; their Financial Health and their Accountability & Transparency.
Their ratings show givers how efficiently they believe a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices, and openness with information. In the not-too-distant future, they plan to also rate charities’ reporting of their results.
They provide these ratings so that charitable givers/ social investors can make intelligent giving decisions, and so that the nonprofit sector can improve its performance.
Charity Navigator doesn’t knowingly solicit contributions from charities they evaluate. Any donation that a rated charity may choose to make that could impact, or be perceived to impact, their rating objectivity is returned to the donor. They do this in order to ensure that our ratings remain objective.
In addition, Charity Navigator in their commitment to helping America’s philanthropists of all levels make informed giving/ social investment decisions, they refuse to charge their users 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 they provide a much-needed service to America’s charitable donors.
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