Charity Navigator – An Honest Way to Give

 

Charity_navigatorAs the  Christmas season approaches, the telemarketers and mailed solicitations will start rolling in and leave the average American asking this question. Who should I give my donations to this year?

There is a web site that can help, Charity Navigator. This site covers the charity world, giving you information on the most effective and worst charities out there. It also lets you look up the charity that you were wondering whether to donate to.

We have used this site in the past and recommend it you for the upcoming Chistmas season.

Posted October 11, 2006 by
Charity | 4 comments


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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “Charity Navigator – An Honest Way to Give”

    1. Miss-Underestimated on October 12th, 2006 8:23 am

      I notice that my favorite
      Adopt A Platoon is not on their

      I know they do excellent work.

    2. Scared Monkeys on October 12th, 2006 9:12 am

      Miss

      I think there is a way to recommend charities to be vetted. You should recommend them for inclusion.

      Tom

    3. Miss-Underestimated on October 12th, 2006 10:33 am

      I will do that

    4. V. Everett on August 22nd, 2007 11:50 am

      It is important to note that many charities do not have to file for 501(c)3 status in order to be tax exempt.(see IRS form I1023, page 1, lower right hand corner.)
      There is no listings, no manner to look many fine Organizations up.
      Even the BBB will only really list members. Our organizations finds it serves no charitable purpose to join such Organizations as the fees feed, clothe and shelter no one.
      Many Tax “professionals” are even unaware of many of the laws regarding charitable status.
      We operate quite legally in all 50 states under the Religious Non-Profit Corporations law under the meaning of IRS section 501(c)3.
      This is due to the Bill of Rights. It is amazing how many potential Donors have no idea how this even applies to them.
      An informed decision to donate and who to donate to requires research, not a google search or the reliance on a listing service with an agenda.
      Do not donate to a Charity that accepts donations through a 3rd party. You are just lining the pockets of individuals who rely on the publics ignorance and lining the pockets of a for profit business. If a charity7 seems to just take donations as a service to other charities, you will find the same. Taking and not giving. Additionally, many of these organizations spend an obscene percentage of charitable funds on advertising. Many up to 50 cents out of every dollar! Ask these questions of a charity directly if you really want to help.

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