December 21, 2006

Charity Navigator is the shit!

Call me ignorant but I just found out about the Charity Navigator website today as I was reading through a blog post on DIU Blog spelling out how "Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD)" is not running a tight ship, so to speak.

MADD's problems aside, Charity Navigator is the kind of website that I'd get lost on for hours. It's amazing how many charities are running their operation into the ground, worse yet there are those bad apples who overpay their CEO while their programs are underfunded. But not all charities are crooked, you'll find top quality charities listed in their database by the dozens.

Among the top rated (4 star) charities for being efficient and effective:

  • The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU)
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Boys and Girl's Club of America
  • United Way International
  • World Vision
  • Doctors Without Borders, USA
  • American Red Cross

    Plus there are many more. If your favorite charity is not 4-star rated then contact them find out what's wrong. I was disappointed to see that the Miami Rescue Mission was only awarded a 2-star rating. Helping the homeless get back on their feet is a cause I give to often. Maybe they need more help from folks like us. Check out Charity Navigator and get motivated! Peace...



    At 12/23/2006 5:46 AM, Blogger Laurie said...

    Wasn't Red Cross involved in a shit load of scandal following Katrina?

    At 12/25/2006 12:28 PM, Blogger chico-towner said...

    I guess the rule of thumb is that there are bad apples in every bunch. Not all charities are crooks like not all of the Red Cross' efforts are full of hidden scandals. Neverless its a cool website to use when considering your dontation options.


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