Through Newsweek magazine, I found this great site to easily gather information about charities: charitynavigator.org.
According to the site “50% of all charitable giving by individuals is done between Thanksgiving and Christmas.” Aaaah…how the spirit of generosity is inflamed by the holidays (and oh…the necessity to scramble for year-end tax deductions!). The challenge is finding the time during this busy time of year to gather information about a charitable organization so you know your donation is really going to a good cause. Charity Navigator makes this rather simple.
The section of the site that I find most useful is the Holiday Giving Guide. It allows you to compare highest and lowest rated charities by cause, then provides a ton of data such as their mission, income statement, expense breakdown, history, leadership, etc.
The site also provides a Top Ten List which inlcudes charities to avoid.
And, if you’re missing a blog feed from a knowledgable blogger in this space, Charity Navigator President Trent Stamp’s blog may fill the gap.