Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Charity Navigator

I’ve written here before about feeling overwhelmed and helpless by the news that flows into our home through all the various media. Sometimes we respond by making phone calls to elected officials. Sometimes we write letters to those same folks in power. Sometimes we march or carry signs or stand in the night with flickering candles. Sometimes we write a check.

Before we write a check, we want to be sure that our money is going to be doing what we want it to do. That’s where Charity Navigator comes in. You can go to the website and look up more than 5,000 charities. The site is easy to use and is both broad and deep in the information you can find there. You don’t even have to go to the site knowing the name of a specific charity. You can browse by category or type in a search word.

We all want to help. Time, resources and money are not limitless. Charity Navigator is a useful tool to make the best use of all three.

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