Know who you’re giving your hard-earned money to. Take a few minutes to do some investigation before you get out your credit card or checkbook. Your research won’t take long because Charity Navigator has done the leg work and analysis for you.

I learned about Charity Navigator (CN) through my employer and our firm’s foundation, T. Rowe Price Charitable.

Since 2001, CN has been empowering millions of donors by providing them with free access to data, tools, and resources to guide philanthropic decision-making. Through their comprehensive ratings, nonprofits are equipped with the nonprofit sector’s premier trust indicator and a powerful platform to raise awareness and funds.

CN is accessed online more than 11 million times each year. And as a donor, you can give confidently knowing the highly-rated organizations on CN efficiently steward donations and are accountable and transparent. While Charity Navigator has a large presence and is an established, trusted brand. Their team of less than 30 associates see themselves as small-but-mighty trusted force. They remind us to use their services as a guide for intelligent giving.

They say, “With more than 160,000 nonprofits rated, our ratings show charitable givers/ social investors how efficiently we believe a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time, and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices, and openness with information.”

You may learn more about Charity Navigator here:

Here’s their latest guidance on giving related to those affected by hurricane Ida:

You can double check ratings by using an additional highly-rated service such as GuideStar.

Thanks for giving when you can. And when you can, give wisely.