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Helping Donors Give Intelligently with Charity Navigator

You want to put your money to good use, and you want to help people, but there are a lot of charities out there, and figuring out how, or who, to give your money can be daunting. Luckily, Charity Navigator is here to help.

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Itself a non-profit, Charity Navigator researches and evaluates other charities along a variety of metrics. They seek to get as much information about charities into the hands of potential donors as possible. If you want to know whether a specific charity is deserving if your hard-earned cash, you can search them by name from the database. You can also browse for charities by categories or search based on keywords.

They also provide a wide range of lists of best and worst charities according to their research. The 10 Charities Overpaying their For-Profit Fundraisers, for example, lists charities that spend too much on fundraising, and as a result don’t donate nearly as much of their proceeds as they could. Or the 10 Charities Worth Watching list includes lesser known but highly effective charities. Lists like these can help you find new charities to support, and avoid poor decisions. After all, you want to help people with your money, not support some professional fundraiser.

They also host a number of articles to help donors make informed choices. They offer advice articles, informative pieces, and offer a number of guides for donating. A big point in their research is transparency, as the willingness of a charity to tell donors how their money is spent is important in choosing where to donate. One way to know that Charity Navigator is serious about their mission is that they offer a wealth of articles about their own processes. From a glossary of terms, to articles about how they rate charities and what those ratings mean, they offer visitors insight into how they help guide intelligent giving.

So the next time you’re considering a new charity, look them up first!

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Tammy Tibbetts Changes the World With Cupcakes and Content

Tammy Tibbetts
IMG: via shesthefirst.org

When Tammy Tibbetts was 23, she worked as a web content manager for a women’s magazine.  She loved seeing first hand how social media can create change in how we accomplish things and connect with others.  When she became frustrated by an article on teen pregnancy in Liberia, she realized she wanted to help promote education for girls in developing countries.  Education is the primary factor in decreasing rates of teen pregnancy, unemployment, and domestic violence.  Tibbitts founded She’s the First with a group of friends in 2009, with a simple social media campaign calling young people into action to raise enough money to sponsor just one girl to finish school.

In 2011, Tibbetts was able to relaunch She’s The First into a fully-fledged nonprofit.  The organization’s fundraising projects have included several fun activities. These include promoting bake sales of tie-dyed cupcakes (300 cupcakes at one dollar a piece raises enough to sponsor one girl), to a benefit concert called Girls Who Rock.  The organization researches the highest quality education partners, and provides them with profiles on girls that the organization’s donors are supporting.  The site is now an interactive community connecting donors to organizations and subsequently girls in developing countries that are now able to go to high school by participating in one of various programs.

For Tammy Tibbetts entire profile, click here.