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Charity Navigator: Help your donation $$$ work harder

Updated on April 17, 2014

Giving: How to donate efficiently

This lens is dedicated to Charity Navigator and creating awareness about this valuable tool.

Charity Navigator accumulates hard to find information for donors. The data is analyzed and presented; providing a quick snapshot of a charity's overall financial health and effectiveness. It allows donors to focus, getting the biggest bang for each donation dollar.

CHECK IT OUT: Charity Navigator will take your giving to the next level.

Why did I write about Charity Navigator?

My first lens

Well, here we go. I am entering the world of Squidoo. May this be a defining moment!

I have spent the last several days struggling and brainstorming for a topic. My first lens, it must be perfect. The stress, the anguish, I cannot do it. (You all know the drill) I must dive in.

Then it hit me. I will combine the power of Squidoo and their charitable endeavors, with the research of Charity Navigator.

(Disclosure: I have no affiliation or ties to Charity Navigator. I was simply searching for my first lens topic and it seemed like a perfect fit. All kidding aside, this is my first lens. I hope that I have done Charity Navigator justice and promise to improve this lens continually.)

Who is Charity Navigator?

Charity Navigator's Mission Statement - straight from the horse's mouth (ok it's from their website)

What is Charity Navigator's mission?

"Charity Navigator works to guide intelligent giving. We help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on over five thousand charities and by evaluating the financial health of each of these charities. We ensure our evaluations are widely used by making them easy to understand and freely available to the public. By guiding intelligent giving, we aim to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace, in which givers and the charities they support work in tandem to overcome our nation's most persistent challenges."

Charity Navigator Usage Poll

Do you use Charity Navigator before making a donation?

See results

Tools to Use - Information just for you

Charity Navigator has developed a valuable set of resources for your use. Spend some time and visit the site.

Now that you've voted

See Charity Navigator's Top Ten Lists

This may be the most surprising section of the site. Look around; you might be surprised by what you find.

How well do you know your charity? Want to change your vote?

Get the lists HERE

Charity Navigator Needs Your Help - Support them

How can you help raise awareness about Charity Navigator? Take a few minutes and check out the links below. There are many simple options to choose from, so please help.

One More Thought

Never under estimate your power to change the world

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do." - Helen Keller

Things to do before leaving

Sign the guest book, let the world know you were here

Tell everyone about Charity Navigator and this lens

(better yet, link to it)

Vote, Vote, Vote: What is your favorite charity?

Keep using Squidoo and raise money for charity

Oh yeah, visit the Charity Navigator site

Shop and Giveback

Just a reminder, all product sales help to raise money for charity.

Looking for Something Else - Search for whatever you want

Go ahead take a look, I bet we have it. Just type it in the search box and find it.

Thanks for your time. Come back often & click below.

Take a second and share your thoughts, comments, or suggestions. Remember, as a community we are stronger when we work together.

Feedback and Ideas - Your input is valued and needed

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    • EdTecher profile image

      Heidi Reina 

      5 years ago from USA

      Charity Navigator is a good resource that they're working on making even better.

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      6 years ago

      This is a very informative lens. I was not aware of Charity Navigator, but now that I know about it, I have bookmarked it. Whenever I am thinking about donating something, I will go and see what CN says to do before making a decision.

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      7 years ago

      Great start on your first lens! Charity Navigator will be very helpful to those charitable folks who can't decide where to share their fortune to. Fantastic lens! Hey, do you need a daily dose of happy quotes? Check out my newest lens, "Happy Quotes Happiness" and find hundreds of happy quotes. Be happy and share your thoughts, too! Thanks. Sundae ;-)

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      Donnette Davis 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Lovely lens, thank you.. Bookmarked and shared~!!

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      7 years ago

      All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming. Another nice Hellen Keller quote. Nice lens - I gave you a thumbs up.

    • Grangermdk profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @Jack2205: Thanks Jack, I appreciate that you like the lens.

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      7 years ago

      Blessed by the Charities Angel.

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      8 years ago

      Charity Navigator is an interesting resource.Charity can be done with little help.

      Charity Donation

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      Edit Photos 

      9 years ago from Earth

      Great lens! Great service - Charity Navigator is an awseome resource. 5****

    • luvmyludwig lm profile image

      luvmyludwig lm 

      9 years ago

      Great Job and thank you for the huge compliment on my community service lens. If you need help with anything feel free to contact me and welcome to Squidoo!

    • JenOfChicago LM profile image

      JenOfChicago LM 

      9 years ago

      Great first lens - I use the CN tool often.


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