February 2022

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Friends in Philanthropy: February 2022 Issue

Say you’re browsing a nonprofit’s website and notice a “4-star” badge icon from Charity Navigator. You know that’s a signal that the organization is trustworthy. But what specifically is that rating telling you?

For one thing, it tells you the charity genuinely stands above the crowd. As the chart above shows, well under 50% of charities earn 4 stars from that particular site.

But if you want to truly understand how to interpret that rating and others like it, there are a few more questions you need answered. What factors do ratings sites consider? How do they get their info? And how can you actually use their ratings to make better, more informed decisions?

In this month’s issue we present the first of a two-part series on using charity ratings as a donor. Click the first article below to find out all about a resource too many givers rely on without ever fully understanding.

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The Ultimate Guide to Charity Ratings for Donors: Part 1 (Friends in Philanthropy) – When a nonprofit touts its 4-star rating on Charity Navigator, what does that actually mean? Find out in our brand new guide to using charity ratings to make better informed decisions. (Look for Part 2 next month!)

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Just 14 Cases: How NGOs Have Nearly Eradicated Guinea Worm Disease (Nature) – The disease once infected millions in Africa. But a 40-year effort by the Carter Center may eliminate it—if officials can solve one more tricky problem.

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Does God Care Where We Give? (National Christian Foundation) – What does the Bible say about how you should direct your support? Here are 6 principles to consider.

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“Do They Still Need Our Money?” Wrong Question! (Stanford Social Innovation Review) – When a charity lands a major grant, donors often wonder if it “still needs” support. But foundation director Kevin Starr says they should think more like investors than patrons.

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How an Afghan Refugee Is Keeping Kids with Disabilities in Classrooms (UNHCR) – His own disability nearly denied him an education completely. Now Jamil ur Rehman is making sure refugee children in Pakistan have the wheelchairs they need to get to school.

Photos courtesy of Unsplash.

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