According to a 2018 report by online financial adviser/reviewer Wallethub.com, Americans are among the world’s most generous people, and New Jerseyans are particularly charitable. The Garden State ranked as the 18th most charitable state in America (Minnesota and Utah ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively).
With more charities in existence than ever before, it can be difficult to evaluate between them and determine the best object of your time, talent or treasure — but Charity Navigator can help.
Established in 2001, Charity Navigator promotes philanthropy by providing unbiased information that enables charitable givers to make informed giving decisions. Over the past 17 years, Charity Navigator has collected information on all 1.6 million nonprofit charities registered in the United States, has rated more than 9,100 of them based on an exacting protocol, and has amassed more than 752,000 registered users. Among other criteria, Charity Navigator rates U.S.-based, 501(c) (3) public charities on their revenue (they must generate at least $1 million in revenue for two consecutive years), longevity (they must be in existence for at least seven years), financial health, fundraising and administrative expenses, accountability/transparency and how efficiently they use their support.