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Donating to Charity Navigator
Donating to Charity Navigator
Updated over a week ago
  • Is my donation to Charity Navigator tax-deductible?

    • Yes, Charity Navigator is a 501(c)(3) and as such your donation is generally considered tax-deductible, consistent with donations to other registered charities. Charity Navigator will provide a receipt for all donations over $5.00.

  • Can I specify how I want Charity Navigator to spend my donation?

    • All donations to Charity Navigator support the mission of guiding intelligent giving. In order to most efficiently and effectively use individual donors’ contributions, gifts under $5,000 are considered unrestricted. These funds will be spent where most needed, as determined by Charity Navigator, to continue our work. Foundations or donors interested in restricted contributions are invited to contact Charity Navigator prior to making a donation.

  • I made a mistake in my gift amount, what should I do?

    • Should you discover that you made an error, donor support staff will work with you to refund a contribution to Charity Navigator within 30 days of processing. Please contact us at

  • Why am I asked to contribute to Charity Navigator when I use the Giving Basket?

    • In our quest to remain objective, we accept no funding from the charities that we evaluate. Furthermore, in our commitment to help America's donors make informed giving decisions, we refuse to charge you for this trusted data. That being said, it costs money to do what we do. So, if you believe that our free ratings and resources are valuable in guiding your charitable decisions, then we ask you to consider a tax-deductible gift to Charity Navigator as well, itself a 501(c)(3) public charity.

      Note that the same fees that apply to all donations made through the Giving Basket also apply to this contribution. Give Lively, which powers the Giving Basket, doesn’t take, receive or profit from any contributions made to Charity Navigator or through the Giving Basket.

  • When I give via the Giving Basket, how do you determine the donation about that you request I give to Charity Navigator?

    • The donation amount that we kindly ask you to give to Charity Navigator funds our work. The amount is directly proportional to the total amount in your Giving Basket.

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