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Charity Navigator: Help your donation $$$ work harder
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?
A Little More Background - Learn more
How do they evaluate charities? See their criteria here. Charity Navigator covers items such as: fundraising expenses, fundraising efficiency, administrative costs, and program expenses (money reaching the actual cause). These are just a few examples
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.
- Efficient Giving
Here is one link to get you started. Be sure to look around and see the other sections. There are tools, tips, FAQ’s and directories; plus a very cool interactive map for finding international charities.
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.
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