Tidying Up My Philanthropy

As someone who spends a little too much time on Instagram, I can confidently say minimalism is having a moment. My feed is full of scarcely decorated, white-washed rooms, capsule wardrobes designed to create a season’s worth of outfits with ten pieces of clothing, and five-minute daily beauty routines.I must say, this trend toward minimalism…

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The Do’s an Don’ts of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

You absolutely love a charity. We are talking hopelessly smitten.You donate (or maybe you would, but don’t have the funds). You volunteer. So, what else can you do you to communicate your affection? Enter, peer-to-peer fundraising!Check out our Do’s and Dont’s for Peer-to-Peer fundraising before you create your next (or very first!) peer-to-peer fundraising campaign!Read…

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Is Collaboration the Key to Nonprofit Success?

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discuss why collaboration among nonprofits is essential to them efficiently achieving their missions. Stay tuned for Part 2 when we highlight a number of highly-rated charities who have identified innovative ways to work together to promote effective solutions to the issues they are addressing. We’re often inspired to…

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A Glimpse Into Charity Navigator’s Advisory System

How do you know if your donation is used for the right reasons? Before I interned at Charity Navigator, this question had rarely come to mind.  I had always assumed that if I made a donation, it would be to an organization that I trusted to use my money wisely.  Even through my prior experience working…

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Take Back Control of Your Mailbox Today

Does it ever feel like your mailbox is just a place for bills, coupon packs, and charity solicitations to call home? You’re not alone. We heard from a number of donors who were curious about why they receive so much charity “junk mail” and how they can get it to stop.Here are our tips for…

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It’s 2019. Why are we looking at 2017 990s?

When looking at the ratings on the Charity Navigator website, you’ll see the fiscal year for the most recent IRS Form 990 that a charity’s rating is based on.  Currently, in most cases, you will see a fiscal year-end date from 2017.  Being that it’s now 2019, you may be thinking that a rating using…

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Your Summer Guide to Volunteering

There’s no better time to volunteer with a local organization than during the summer! For many of us, these months are a time to slow down and get outside to enjoy the warmer weather. Why not take advantage of the sunshine and a lighter schedule to help out a charity in your community that’s striving…

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How Much Should I Give to Charity?

The 2019 Giving USA Report came out recently and confirmed what many nonprofit fundraisers already suspected: giving among everyday Americans is down. Experts have shared a number of theories about why this may be, including changes to the tax law and increased volatility in the stock market. Whatever the reason, or reasons, the news in this…

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