Charities Now Required to E-File IRS Form 990s

For the past few years, Charity Navigator has pointed to the benefits and importance of electronically filing (E-file) the IRS Form 990.  Because the content gleaned from an E-filed 990 is machine-readable, it is more accessible for the general public. Electronically filing the 990 provides charities with a direct line to the IRS for providing…

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Solicitation Overload: Why So Many During the Holidays?

You may have noticed a major uptick in the number of times you heard from charities in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years.  We heard from a number of Charity Navigator users and supporters asking why they were receiving so many emails and letters and what they can do to cut back. Often, the holidays…

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Should You Feel Good About Donating at Checkout?

Here's a common scenario: you just spent the past hour adding items to your shopping cart at your local supermarket.  You get to the register, place all of your items onto the counter, and proceed to be rung up.  Now you're asked to consider making a donation to a charity.  A myriad of questions float…

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We Deal in Hope: The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

Renee Parsons is the Co-founder of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation and President of PXG Apparel. A passionate philanthropist, Renee is a member of the global organization Women Moving Millions. She and her husband, Bob Parsons, are Giving Pledge signatories.Years ago, Bob and I pledged our support for the people of Haiti with an…

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Reflections on 2019: A Letter from our CEO

Dear friends of Charity Navigator,It's hard to believe that 2019 has come to an end–with so many firsts and new initiatives, the year seemed to fly by at Charity Navigator. This past year has been one of transformation and progress.As I reflect on the past twelve months–what we achieved, what we learned, and where we’re…

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Generosity: A Resolution Worth Keeping

If you’re like me, around 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve you remember that you’re supposed to make a resolution for the new year, which is just hours away. You quickly think through all of the possibilities: What is something I can (easily) keep while simultaneously promising to set my year on a meaningful and…

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Giving Back During the Holidays to Bring Families Together

Tis the season to give back and to spend time with family. Why not do both at once? Our friend Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE Charity, shared a few ways to get your kids or grandkids involved in giving back this holiday season and throughout the year.Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, or non-denominational holiday…

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How Tax Law is Affecting (Your) Giving

Earlier this year, you may remember hearing about the implications of the tax law changes on charitable giving.  The Tax and Jobs Act of 2017 aimed to simplify filing by increasing the standard deduction, which should make many middle-income Americans happy – after all, putting “simplify” and “taxes” in the same sentence should make us…

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How Failing Forward Illustrates Innovation

For nonprofits that aim to succeed, irrespective of their mission, failure is a friend. Unfortunately, the idea of funding failure doesn’t sit well with most donors.If the organization you love and support is taking the same cookie-cutter or stale approach to solving age-old social problems and continue with limited success, then, despite your passionate commitment…

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Discover & Support Hidden Gem Charities this Holiday Season

I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year. For a few weeks, it feels like we’re largely able to put aside our differences for a renewed spirit of goodwill, hospitality, and generosity.For many of us, the holiday spirit manifests itself in gifts to loved ones, as well as charities working on…

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