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By McClatchy-Tribune | November 12, 2006
Hats off to you, America - charitable giving is up this year, and Charity Navigator predicts that Americans will contribute at least $100 billion in individual donations to charities during this holiday season. To help you spend that money wisely, Charity Navigator has created its Holiday Giving Guide for 2006. Says Sandra Miniutti, a spokeswoman for Charity Navigator, "The key is to do your homework and check up on the charity you're donating to." Here are a few other things to keep in mind when deciding who gets your dollars: Arts and cultural charities need your money.
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September 9, 2014
Legacy of 1814 shines light on historic preservation While Maryland is going to great lengths to commemorate the Fort McHenry battle, little effort has gone into acknowledging several Savage residents: Commodore Joshua Barney in the Battle of Bladensburg or his son-in-law, Nathanial F. Williams, in the Battle of North Point. The Williams family developed what we know today as the Savage Mill, a cotton mill that allowed our ship industry to continue when the English ransomed our fledgling country's critical resource.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | May 28, 2002
You open your mailbox to find a letter from a nonprofit group that wants your money. How do you figure out if the charity is worthy? A handful of charity-rating organizations, also nonprofit, aim to tackle that question. But their methods are different, evolving and, some experts say, open to question themselves. The latest such organization, Charity Navigator, recently launched its Web site, claiming to be the largest and most objective source of charity evaluations. The site, which lists 1,100 nonprofits from around the country in a searchable database, rates charities by analyzing their Form 990s -- a public Internal Revenue Service document nonprofits must file each year.
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Eileen Ambrose | April 19, 2013
Americans' hearts going out to the victims of the marathon bombing in Boston, which means, of course, con artists will have to take advantage of that. The Federal Trade Commission is warning people to be leery of charity solicitations from telemarketers. The agency advises people to: -- Ask for the charity's name if the telemarketer doesn't provide it immediately. (This alone should be a warning sign if the solicitor isn't forthcoming) -- Find out what percentage of your gift will go to the cause.
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By Gregory Karp and Gregory Karp,Morning Call | December 24, 2006
Money has only a few uses - spending, saving and giving. And this is the time of year, full of holiday cheer and New Year's resolutions, when many people think about the last use of money, sharing it. Individual donors will give $100 billion to charities this holiday season, estimates Charity Navigator, a group that evaluates charities. The nobility of giving money to charity, however, doesn't absolve you of spending your money smarter. Here are tips on giving your money to charities: Get informed.
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By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | September 18, 2007
A FEW years ago when my birthday raised around $265,000 for the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York, I never dreamed Mike Bloomberg, his board and I were going to make charitable fund-raising history. Few New Yorkers had ever heard of this discretionary fund back then. Recently, an online guide, Charity Navigator, named the Mayor's Fund the No. 1 "slam dunk" nation's charity. The four-star rating was based on fiscal management, overall organizational efficiency and capacity. Charity Navigator investigated more than 5,000 other charities.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay | March 16, 2011
Now more than ever, it's important to guard against criminals who may want to take advantage of your desire to help the victims of the Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant explosion . The Maryland Attorney General's office offered these tips for avoiding a scam, including our Consumer Website of the Week : the Maryland Charities Database . In Maryland, charities and fundraisers are supposed to register with the Secretary...
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By EILEEN AMBROSE | December 1, 2009
Money is tight, so all the better reason to make sure the charity you donate to this year will use your cash wisely. Now more than ever, you have tools at your fingertips to check out a charity, from its annual filings with the Internal Revenue Service to ratings by watchdog groups. Even just a few minutes of research can help you decide whether a charity is for you. For example, I considered adding two charities to my annual giving. One mailed an appeal featuring cute kids in need.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | June 22, 2004
Baltimore's charities aren't just powerhouses in Baltimore - they're the largest in the country. The typical big charity in the city raises more and spends more than big charities in other major U.S. cities, according to a study released yesterday by the nonprofit watchdog Charity Navigator. That typical amount is an eye-popping $13 million in donations and $18.8 million in expenses, a feat managed not by deficit spending but by drawing on a pool of other assets. Even some of the very nonprofits that helped thrust Baltimore to the top were surprised by the results, though they could think of reasons for the city's success.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,Sun reporter | December 2, 2007
Retailers aren't the only ones counting on your holiday spirit to put them in the black. So are charities. Half of all the individual donations from Americans each year are made in the handful of weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, Charity Navigator says. Thank the combination of general good will toward man, holiday bonuses and the end-of-year deadline for tax deductions. Charities, squeezed by rising costs and greater competition for government grants, are more eager than ever to get your support.
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By Steve Earley, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
If it's already better to give than to receive, technology has made giving even better by making donating to charity more accessible and participatory. Or, as Bill and Melinda Gates put it last week, "easier and more fun. " The combination is especially attractive to seasonal or infrequent donors, such as the many now catching the holiday spirit, gifting for an altruistic friend or seeking to increase their tax deductions. With this audience in mind, the Gateses blogged five ways to give online they believe are innovative and well-run.
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By Liz F. Kay | March 16, 2011
Now more than ever, it's important to guard against criminals who may want to take advantage of your desire to help the victims of the Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant explosion . The Maryland Attorney General's office offered these tips for avoiding a scam, including our Consumer Website of the Week : the Maryland Charities Database . In Maryland, charities and fundraisers are supposed to register with the Secretary...
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2010
So what do you give this holiday to the person who has everything — or simply doesn't need more things? Consider the gift of philanthropy. Charities are making it easier than ever. Many offer gift cards that recipients can use to make online donations to specific projects in their own backyard or across the globe. Donations can be small, with some groups accepting as little as $1 or $10. "Not everyone is a Bill Gates who can influence society on such a massive scale," says Bennett Weiner, chief operating officer with the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, part of the Better Business Bureau.
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By EILEEN AMBROSE | December 1, 2009
Money is tight, so all the better reason to make sure the charity you donate to this year will use your cash wisely. Now more than ever, you have tools at your fingertips to check out a charity, from its annual filings with the Internal Revenue Service to ratings by watchdog groups. Even just a few minutes of research can help you decide whether a charity is for you. For example, I considered adding two charities to my annual giving. One mailed an appeal featuring cute kids in need.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,Sun reporter | December 2, 2007
Retailers aren't the only ones counting on your holiday spirit to put them in the black. So are charities. Half of all the individual donations from Americans each year are made in the handful of weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, Charity Navigator says. Thank the combination of general good will toward man, holiday bonuses and the end-of-year deadline for tax deductions. Charities, squeezed by rising costs and greater competition for government grants, are more eager than ever to get your support.
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By New York Times News Service | November 28, 2007
The American Red Cross dismissed its president and chief executive, Mark W. Everson, yesterday because of his "personal relationship with a subordinate employee." He had been in office for only six months. The news was another blow to an organization that has struggled to overcome criticism of its performance after Hurricane Katrina and other disasters, and it stunned the organization's employees, as well as the nonprofit world at large. "Although this is difficult and disappointing news for the Red Cross community, the organization remains strong and the life-saving mission of the American Red Cross will go forward," Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, chairman of the Red Cross board, said in a statement.
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Eileen Ambrose | April 19, 2013
Americans' hearts going out to the victims of the marathon bombing in Boston, which means, of course, con artists will have to take advantage of that. The Federal Trade Commission is warning people to be leery of charity solicitations from telemarketers. The agency advises people to: -- Ask for the charity's name if the telemarketer doesn't provide it immediately. (This alone should be a warning sign if the solicitor isn't forthcoming) -- Find out what percentage of your gift will go to the cause.
FEATURES
By LIZ SMITH and LIZ SMITH,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | September 18, 2007
A FEW years ago when my birthday raised around $265,000 for the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York, I never dreamed Mike Bloomberg, his board and I were going to make charitable fund-raising history. Few New Yorkers had ever heard of this discretionary fund back then. Recently, an online guide, Charity Navigator, named the Mayor's Fund the No. 1 "slam dunk" nation's charity. The four-star rating was based on fiscal management, overall organizational efficiency and capacity. Charity Navigator investigated more than 5,000 other charities.
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