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Nonprofit Watchdog Overhauls Rating Process To Resemble School Grading System

The NonProfit Times | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact

It might be time to dig out that retainer and tuba from your high school yearbook picture. Charity watchdog Charity Navigator changed in August the wa...

Measuring Charity Effectiveness: Manage Your Mission, Not Your Rating

Steve Nardizzi | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Steve Nardizzi

These rating schemes tell the public that if you spend more on fundraising, you are bad. They equate fundraising and overhead to fraud and judge the business decisions charities make in order to best fulfill their missions, serve their constituents, and sustain their organizations for the long-term.

5 Holiday Giving Tips

Posted 12.22.2013 | Impact

It’s the season for opening up your hearts –- and wallets –- for causes that are dearest to you. But how can you give most effectively? The expe...

Do eCommerce Giving Programs Effectively Raise Money for Charity?

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The idea behind craigconnects is giving the voiceless a real voice, and the powerless real power. I see it as everyone doing some small, or big, part. One way to do this is by giving back via purchases and a few key initiatives.

Why Philanthropy Needs Reinventing

Eric Friedman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Eric Friedman

Americans donate over $300 billion annually to nonprofits, averaging about $1,000 per person. We feel good when we give to our favorite charities. At the same time, philanthropy is broken, and almost everyone knows it.

Charity Navigator Makes Hotly Debated Move To Rank Nonprofits On Results, Not Just Overhead

Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact

This summer, three major charity watchdogs launched the "Pledge To End the Overhead Myth" aimed at urging donors to look at more than administrative c...

How a Recession and a Myth Revealed What We Already Knew

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Facing increased demand for services, nonprofits with limited resources did the best they could to stretch those dollars further, and many funders stepped in with emergency stopgap resources to help.

Measuring Success in the Social Sector: Depends on Who's Asking

Atul Tandon | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Atul Tandon

This enormous sector is in the midst of a revolution unprecedented in our nation's history. Within a few years -- certainly within a generation -- most Americans' views of the success or failure of charities likely will change.

Vastly Scaling Up the Effectiveness of Nonprofits

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

How does a person of good will work with others, across the planet and across the years, to scale up to help out everyone? I've realized, in the past few days, that a solution could involve nonprofits which focus on vetting on-the-ground nonprofits.

How a TED Talk Destroyed the Charity Overhead Myth

Trevor Neilson | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Trevor Neilson

Overhead ratios are attractive to those looking for a quick uninformed analysis of non-profits because they are simple. It's much harder to measure sustained results.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving - Remember Your Charitable Donations Still Count in this Year's Tax Return

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

As many of us scurry to gather our receipts and recollect the donations we made in 2012, there is a chorus of folks who say that the predicted elimination of the deductibility of charitable donations will result in fewer people giving or people giving less. My response is that it will not.

Friends Don't let Friends Relay

Jonathan Agin | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

ACS is one of the largest, if not the largest cancer foundations on the planet. They have done amazing work in the space of cancer by leading the way on many fronts. Where the ACS should bow their heads in shame is when it comes to childhood cancer.

Last-Minute Charity Tips For Year-End Giving, 2012 Tax Deductions

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 12.29.2012 | Impact

As fiscal cliff ambiguity continues, some donors are increasing charitable contributions, while others are delaying gifts until the fate of tax deduct...

Charity Scams Crop Up In Wake Of Newtown Shooting

AP | CHRISTINA REXRODE and ROBERT RAY | Posted 12.20.2012 | Impact

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The family of Noah Pozner was mourning the 6-year-old, killed in the Newtown school massacre, when outrage compounded their sorrow. ...

Are You a Proactive Giver, or a Reactionary Giver?

Gary A. Officer | Posted 02.16.2013 | Impact
Gary A. Officer

The holiday season has increasingly taken on an air of unbridled consumerism. Holiday spending by consumers during this period is often used by economists as a barometer on the health of our economy.

Giving Smarter On #GivingTuesday

Ken Berger | Posted 01.27.2013 | Impact
Ken Berger

So, how do donors decide which of the 1 million charities in existence are deserving of their goodwill?

Reducing Cause Isolation Using the Internet

Paul Ruth | Posted 11.11.2012 | Impact
Paul Ruth

The Internet is obviously a vast community connecting more people in new ways. The basis of progress centers on the concept of community, and what tha...

Mergers and Collaborations for Charity Navigator?

Ken Berger | Posted 10.21.2012 | Impact
Ken Berger

We believe that mergers and collaborations are essential, especially as the information intermediary space becomes more crowded.

Veterans Charity Accused Of Squandering Millions

AP | JULIE WATSON | Posted 10.09.2012 | Los Angeles

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Help Hospitalized Veterans is no stranger to controversy. The California-based charity came under scrutiny four year...

Ways To Honor Dad By Giving Back

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 08.16.2012 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Fathers. Fathers are complicated. Their role in society is just as laden with stereotypes and expectations as mothers. Which can make Father's Day a l...

How Do Scandals Affect Celebrity Charities?

Huffington Post | By Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.15.2012 | Impact

As Lance Armstrong continues to fend off another round of doping charges, experts are speculating just how much this latest scandal will affect his ch...

Which Celebrity Charities Can You Trust?

www.foxnews.com | Posted 06.12.2012 | Impact

These days, it seems every celebrity has a charity. Whether it’s born out of the goodness of their hearts, or a need for image rehabilitation, i...

Billions of Dollars Donated by Millions of Users

Ken Berger | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Ken Berger

Charity Navigator is estimated to be influencing billions of dollars (between 5 and 10 billion at last count) of charitable gifts each year provided by over 3 million unique visitors.

What's Wrong With the Kony Firestorm? Maybe Not What You Think

Paul Shoemaker | Posted 05.13.2012 | Impact
Paul Shoemaker

Invisible Children has been criticized for not spending enough money on programs. But Invisible Children is an advocacy organization. They spend money on media -- not direct aid -- because that's their strategy.

Last Day To Donate In 2011: Where To Give To Make Sure You Get Your Tax Break

Posted 03.01.2012 | Impact

When the clock strikes midnight tonight, it marks the cut-off for receiving tax breaks on 2011 charitable giving. Make your donation as late as mid...