Nonprofit Chronicles

Journalism about foundations, nonprofits and their impact

This blog began as an experiment almost a year ago. Back then, I didn’t know whether I wanted to devote myself to writing about nonprofits and foundations. I’ve learned, fifty-two blogposts later, that I do. Nonprofits and foundations are important. The issues swirling around them are fascinating. And they deserve more sustained journalistic attention. So …

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The theme of this blog can be summed up in a few sentences: There are thousands of nonprofit organizations in the US. Some do great work. Many do not. Wouldn’t it be good to know which is which? Dean Karlan, an influential economist who teaches at Yale and founded an organization called Innovations for Poverty …

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Charity Navigator matters. It’s America’s largest and most influential evaluator of nonprofit groups, and it’s been struggling for years to do that job right. Last week, Ken Berger, Charity Navigator’s CEO for the past seven years, left the watchdog group. Whoever succeeds him will have a big and important job to do. I spoke at length with Ken …

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In the summer of 2013, in a remarkable development that was little noted outside of the world of philanthropy, Guidestar, Charity Navigator and BBB Wise Giving Alliance, the US’s three leading sources of information about nonprofits, together published a letter intended “to correct a misconception about what matters when deciding which charities to support.” “The …

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