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A charity evaluator

November 11, 2007

A while back I asked for recommendations about organizations that are worthwhile charities. I have continued to do some looking, thinking, praying, etc. about where to use and share the resources I have and if I am supposed to give money to any organizations beyond my church and the couple organizations I have supported for a long time.

Yesterday I learned of an organization called Charity Navigator. They refer to themselves as America’s Largest Charity Evaluator. They provide information about charities including the organizational efficiency, organizational capacity, revenue, expenses, leadership, mission, and privacy policies.

If you have questions about organizations, if they will use your money wisely, and what the exact mission of the organization is this website is a great tool to do that. They only evaluate organizations granted tax-exempt status under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and ones that have been in existence for at least four years, so some worthy causes and great organizations may not be listed on the site, but it is a great tool to use to verify what your money is going to. God has given us valuable resources, sometimes that is in the form of money. We can bless people tremendously by sharing what we have, but we also need to be wise about it and give generously in the places it will make the most impact. This is one tool that might help you along that path!

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