Saint Paul Public Library Wins Knight Green Line Challenge

wi-fi“Borrow the Internet” project will offer loans of Wi-Fi hotspots with free Internet service

SAINT PAUL, OCTOBER 14, 2014 – The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced today that the Saint Paul Public Library’s “Borrow the Internet” project was among sixteen winners of the Knight Green Line Challenge. The library received a $49,700 grant to increase Internet access in neighborhoods adjacent to the Green Line by lending out Wi-Fi hotspots from Rondo and Merriam Park Libraries. The library will launch “Borrow the Internet” later this year.

Twenty-two percent of Saint Paul households have no Internet service in the home. “Borrow the Internet” offers free portable Wi-Fi hotspots for the first time in Saint Paul. The hotspots will provide free Internet service that can be used 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, in any location.

A major project focus is providing Wi-Fi hotspots for Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) students who lack home Internet access and are using District-provided iPads. The library will offer iPad classes to parents of SPPS students to further support student and family learning. Other library cardholders will also be able to borrow hotspots to access the Internet outside of the library’s open hours.

“Borrow the Internet” will be based at two libraries situated close to the Green Line: Rondo Library, at 461 North Dale Street, and Merriam Park Library, at 1831 Marshall Avenue.

With Internet service and a library card, Saint Paul residents can access vital digital learning resources, including live homework help, practice tests for the SATs, e-books and magazines, reference assistance, and more. By borrowing Wi-Fi, an individual can take the time to complete an online job application or an e-government form that must be submitted in one online session.

About the Knight Green Line Challenge
An initiative of Knight Foundation, the three-year, $1.5 million challenge is a community-wide contest seeking projects to make Saint Paul neighborhoods along the new Green Line even more vibrant places to live, work, play and visit. The first year of the contest drew 579 applicants. For more information and to see all the winning projects, visit: KnightGreenLineChallenge.org.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The Foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. Find more at www.KnightFoundation.org.

About Saint Paul Public Library
Saint Paul Public Library connects people in Saint Paul with the imperative and the joy of learning through a lifetime. Saint Paul residents can enjoy free access to technology, books, movies, music, classes and more. They’re located in twelve neighborhood libraries, George Latimer Central Library and the Bookmobile. Visit them in your neighborhood or online at sppl.org.

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Saint Paul Public Library Names Tony Yang as Deputy Director

SAINT PAUL, October 13, 2014 – The Saint Paul Public Library has named Tony Yang as Deputy Director. Yang, who will begin in this position on November 3, 2014, will serve as the library’s chief operating officer with responsibilities for budgeting and finance, administration and staffing, contracting, management reporting, and program evaluation. Yang will succeed Deputy Director Debbie Willms, who is retiring in November after a thirty-five-year career with the Saint Paul Public Library.

Tony Yang has been the Director of Adult and Family Mental Health Services at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation since 2006. In previous positions, Yang supervised Ramsey County mental health services and health services to children and refugees. Yang brings deep experience with systems administration, evaluation, and staff development.

“Tony Yang brings many vital strengths to the library, and we look forward to working with him. He is a systems thinker with a passion for learning and supporting Saint Paul communities,” said Kit Hadley, Saint Paul Public Library Director. “The library is fortunate to transition from one gifted deputy director to another. Debbie Willms leaves a legacy of strong library programs, policies, and staff. She created and led many enduring initiatives that strengthened opportunities for staff growth and leadership. She has had a tremendous positive impact on learning in Saint Paul throughout her decades as a library leader.”

New Monthly F. Scott Fitzgerald Series Launches in November

Fitzgerald’s Short Stories Featured in New Program/Discussion Series

“Fitzgerald loved, hated, and was obsessed by St. Paul…
[his] short stories place Fitzgerald’s ambitions and gifts
in a cultural context too often ignored and forgotten.”

— author Charles Baxter

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA – October 6, 2014 – FitzFirst@Four, a monthly series of presentations and discussions on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s finest short stories, launches this fall on Sunday, November 2, at 4 p.m. The monthly series, coordinated by Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, takes place at Common Good Books on Snelling Avenue in Saint Paul. It will feature presentations on the historical context, events or well-known personages that shaped each short story, followed by a group discussion of the selected story. Many of the stories chosen are set in familiar places and neighborhoods in and around Saint Paul, and attendees are encouraged to read the selected stories in advance.

The Scandal DetectivesThe series launches on Sunday, November 2 with Dave Page, Fitzgerald scholar, co-editor of The St. Paul Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and editor of The Thoughtbook of F. Scott Fitzgerald: a Secret Boyhood Diary. Page will provide context and history on Fitzgerald’s story, The Scandal Detectives, which first appeared in print in The Saturday Evening Post in 1928. In The Scandal Detectives, readers became fully acquainted with one of Fitzgerald’s most endearing and enduring young heroes – teenaged, Basil Duke Lee. On its publication, Fitzgerald wrote to his Saint Paul friend, Norris Jackson, “I have finally put your home in a story…” Indeed, this story reflects real events drawn from Fitzgerald’s adolescence when, at age 14, he and some of his Summit Avenue neighborhood companions formed a club called “The Gooserah.” Dave Page will help separate fact from fiction as the group explores the real neighborhood locations, families and children who animate this delightful story.

In December, FitzFirst@Four features Dr. Andrea Sachs, Assistant Director of College Counseling and faculty member in the History Department of Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Dr. Sachs will provide a glimpse of the early history of the Saint Paul Academy – its distinguished faculty, its demanding curriculum, and some of the more renowned students and alumni from the period – including F. Scott Fitzgerald and his circle of Summit Avenue friends – all as background to the story, The Captured Shadow. In The Captured Shadow, the sixth of the nine “Basil” stories, Fitzgerald’s fifteen-year-old hero, Basil Duke Lee convinces his friends to put on a play he has written about a gentleman burglar known as “The Shadow.” The story is based on an actual event from August 1923, when Scott wrote a play – “a melodramatic farce, in three acts” – for his fellow classmates to perform. Under the guidance of Miss Elizabeth Magoffin, the real play ultimately debuted at Saint Paul’s Backus School for Girls. Readers may well ask, was Fitzgerald’s play ultimately about stopping a thief, or stealing hearts?

FitzFirst@Four takes place the first Sunday of every month at 4 p.m. at Common Good Books, located at the corner of Snelling and Grand Avenues, at 38 South Snelling Avenue, St. Paul. The series is co-sponsored by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Fitzgerald in Saint Paul at info@fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.org, or visit www.fitzgeraldinsaintpaul.org. Fitzgerald in Saint Paul is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the life and literature of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the revered American author and cultural icon, in his hometown of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Library Advocates Seek Expanded Hours, Materials in 2015

The Friends of the Library ask the City to protect Saint Paul’s world-class library by maintaining a minimum level of dedicated funding for the library’s collections budget, while ensuring access to materials with some restored hours of service.

August 18, 2014, SAINT PAUL, MN – The Advocacy Committee of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library has outlined its position platform for the 2015 Saint Paul Public Library budget. Each year, The Friends calls on City of Saint Paul elected officials to address critical needs at the Library. This year the priorities are strengthening the library’s collection and restoring some of the hours that have been lost in recent years.

In order to help the library better serve the most learners of all ages The Friends, along with constituents from every neighborhood in the city, ask the Mayor and City Council to increase funding for new books and materials by $500,000 and to expand hours (maintain Sunday hours at Merriam Park, add evening hours at 7 branches, and morning hours at 7 branches) with $500,000 in increased funding.

For too many years, the portion of the Library’s general operating budget for collections has been trimmed, cut, and supplemented with other, re-purposed and one-time funds. The advocates remain concerned about this trend and would prefer to see the budget fully support at least a minimum level for materials.

The Saint Paul Public Library has always been in the business of learning, but in the 21st century, the tools, technology, skills and content of learning are constantly changing. The Internet, e-readers, mobile apps and web-based services have had a major impact on how people find, gather, create, and share information. Internet access and digital literacy are prerequisites for engaging with commerce, education, employment, health care, and government services at all levels.

It’s well known that improving digital literacy is essential. To that end, the library is investing in resources that equip children and adults with 21st century skills. Throughout Saint Paul, the library is offering digital training programs for all ages, expanding digital services and collections, and renovating its facilities with updated technology and flexible, efficient spaces.

Saint Paul Public Library is uniquely positioned to provide the greatest accessibility to flexible, collaborative learning environments. The only significant limit to this access is the reduction in hours the library has had to adjust to in recent years. Restoring some evening and morning hours at seven libraries will get us back toward 2009 levels – not fully, but close. More importantly, access to critically needed services and learning resources will help close the achievement gap and allow people from all over the city to prepare for college and employment in the future.

The Friends has demonstrated its commitment while advocating for strong public support of the library by delivering solutions and financial support along with its requests. Since 1997, The Friends’ cumulative support for books, materials and special programs has been more than $10.7 million. That figure does not include $14+ million in private donations raised through capital campaigns.

In order to help the library better serve the most learners of all ages in neighborhoods across the city, The Friends’ Advocacy Committee presented the following requests to elected officials:

  1. $500,000 in new books and materials funding
  2. $500,000 for expanded hours – 67 additional hours per week
    (in priority order: maintain Merriam Park Sunday hours;
    evening hours at 7 branches; morning hours at 7 branches)

The Saint Paul Public Library is a place for collaborative learning and discovery, with a definition of service that goes well beyond checking out books. The Friends stand with the library and the city as together we face an exciting future, ripe with opportunity for all the people of Saint Paul.

For additional information on The Friends’ advocacy platform, please contact Peter Pearson at 651-222-3242 or by email: peterp@thefriends.org.

2014 Crossword Tournament Scores Posted

We want to offer a special thanks to our amazing puzzle constructors and sponsors, all of whom helped make the 2014 tournament a great success.  For more information about our sponsors and constructors, please visit the Minnesota Crossword Tournament’s website.

For photos from our third annual tournament, visit us on Facebook

 

Amateur Finalists

Third Place: Michael Phenicie – 7:57
Second Place: Amy Paepke – 7:27
First Place: Anne Loring – 7:03

Expert Finalists

Third Place: Martin Eiger – uncompleted
Second Place: Carl Voss – 10:40
First Place: Mike Weepie – 7:24

Team Finalists

Third Place: “Must be Done in Time for Sports” – 7:30
First Place (tie): “Dewey 490″ – 6:45
First Place (tie): “Purcell” -  6:45

 

FINAL SCORES

Amateur Contestants
Final Scores
Expert Contestants
Final Scores
Teams
Final Score
Amy Paepke3445Mike Weepie3405Paepke3470
Anne Loring3325Carl Voss3380Must Be Done In Time For Sports3370
Michael Phenicie3295Martin Eiger3355Tina and Phil3270
Samantha Klein3270Daniel Sadoff3305Purcell3220
Laura Henry3195Jacob Gelfand3280Dewey 4903200
Robert Lundegaard3175Peter Broda3230Click Treat3150
Joe Gaspard3170Jesse Grittner3205Neural Nerds3075
Martha Postlethwaite3125Marcia Brott3155Mellman and Labore2945
Andrea Ruby3025Stewart Lelievre3060DAM Puzzlers2880
Becca Greenstein2895Ginny Agresti3005Larson and Schulz2855
Lisa Odom2850David Bael2915UMN Visit Office2710
Marilyn Ruby2790Thomas Cody2890Brandon and Leigh2645
Scott Trantina2780Martha Truax2475Rubies are a Girl's Best Friend2495
Steven Pellinen2600Martha Hardesty2205S Words2435
Deane Morrison2510Walter Blue2080Stein and Griffin1870
Drew Lawn2430Kay Mickelson1500Anderson Family1820
Sheila Frankfurt2365Team Ink1680
Clare Ritter1620
Amy Crosseen740
Amy Frankfurt490

In Memory of Mary Ida Thomson

Minnesota’s literary community lost a seminal leader with the recent death of Mary Ida Thomson, one of the founders of the Minnesota Book Awards and a Trustee Emerita of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. A Matching Gift Memorial grant is announced by The Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation.


Excerpt:

“Minnesota Festival of the Book co-founder, Mary Ida Thomson, dies at 92″

by  Mary Ann Grossman, Pioneer Press (6/3/2014)

MUGPROCMary Ida Thomson was often in the news in 1988 when she co-chaired the first Minnesota Festival of the Book as chair of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library Board of Trustees. She served on the boards of St. Croix Valley Girl Scouts, Minnesota Church Foundation, the Charities Review Council and People Inc. and was involved with the Harriet Tubman Center. Many Sundays found her counting the collections at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Thomson was elected to The Friends Board in 1979. She served until 1992, the last six years as president. She has since then been honored as a Trustee Emeritus. “Mary Ida was kind, warm, generous, very smart and insightful,” said Peter Pearson, who was hired as The Friends’ first executive director (now president) when Thomson was in office.

One of Thomson’s lasting legacies will be the Minnesota Festival of the Book, a 10-day event that drew thousands of people to Rice Park and other local venues. Thomson got the idea when she and Leslie Wolfson, festival events coordinator for The Friends, traveled to Key West, Florida, to visit that city’s book fair. The idea for a local festival became reality when Scott Walker, then publisher of Graywolf Press, joined the board as a community representative. The Friends provided $29,000 in staff support and specific expenditures for the festival, a celebration of literature that included the first Minnesota Book Awards. Thomson admitted in a Pioneer Press interview before the festival that it was a leap of faith for the group to be at the forefront of this huge event requiring coordination of 96 organizations. “It was the right idea at the right time,” she said.

“Mary Ida’s friends are concerned that her contributions, particularly to the community of the book, will go unheralded,” said Mary Treacy, past director of Metronet, the umbrella organization that serves local libraries. “It’s no exaggeration to say that the strength and breadth of Minnesota’s book community rests on the vision of Mary Ida. She sought out and nurtured people and ideas.” Edie Meissner, Book Festival project director, recalls that “Mary Ida was constantly supportive. She didn’t have a lot of ego. She just worked hard.”

In 1991, Thomson and another Friends stalwart, the late Jeanne Fischer, showed what advocacy meant after the St. Paul City Council tried to cut $400,000 from the library budget. The women organized group members to show up at hearings and make speeches from the floor in defense of libraries. With one week’s notice they obtained 3,000 signatures from people who opposed the cuts. The City Council listened, and $100,000 was reinstated.

Although Thomson’s memory loss kept her from participating in activities, her friends have not forgotten the impact she had on people and organizations. Treacy said: “A n ever-growing circle of ‘Friends of Mary Ida’ share memories of an extraordinary woman whose gentle hand and wise counsel touched so many lives. To the end, she never lost her sense of dignity.”

She will be remembered at a memorial service on Friday, June 27 at 11:00 AM at First Congregational Church of Minnesota, 500 Eighth Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414. All are invited to attend a reception at the church immediately following the service. Read obituary>>


Announcing the Matching Grant

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is now pleased to announce that The Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation has offered a matching gift challenge grant for memorial gifts in memory of Mary Ida Thomson, up to $10,000. All gifts to the memorial book endowment fund will be matched, dollar-for dollar by this grant. Please keep in mind that for every $25 contributed to the Book Endowment Fund, a bookplate inscribed with Mary Ida’s name and, if desired, the name of the donor, will be placed in a newly purchased book at the Library. A gift of $500 will endow the purchase of a book each year in perpetuity. Memorial gifts are also  acknowledged in The Friends’ and the Saint Paul Public Library’s shared annual report. Click here to learn more or make a secure, online memorial gift now. Contributors of long-lasting tributes of $500 or more are automatically members of The Donor Society, which recognizes The Friends’ most generous individual supporters. Smaller gifts count toward the cumulative $500 annual giving level required for Donor Society membership.

The Friends Announces Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Challenge Grant

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library has been awarded a challenge grant of up to $100,000 by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, to be applied to gifts and pledges for its current capital campaign, “A New Legacy of Learning.”

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA, June 4, 2014 — The Richard M. Schulze Foundation has challenged The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library to raise $100,000 over the next 12 months for its capital campaign, “A New Legacy of Learning.” If these funds are raised, the Foundation will match the gifts and pledges, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000. This effectively doubles the value of those gifts.

The funds are intended to support enhanced children’s library services and programs at two library locations that are currently being totally renovated, the Sun Ray Library on the East Side, and the Highland Park Library in the southwest.

The Friends’ “A New Legacy of Learning” campaign seeks $7.8 million in private funding to augment $7 million in City funding to support these two large renovation projects, along with some modest enhancements to the Central Library in downtown Saint Paul. One of the campaign’s highest priorities is to create libraries that offer literacy-rich children’s spaces to foster early learning, pre-school readiness, and student support. These new libraries will offer flexible, interactive children’s areas where families can learn together.

The campaign has raised $5.7 million of its $7.8 million goal so far, and fundraising actively continues.

For additional information on “A New Legacy of Learning,” or to donate to the campaign, contact Susan Dowd or visit www.thefriends.org. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

 

The Friends to Host 3rd Annual Minnesota Crossword Tournament

Amateur, expert and team puzzlers from around the region will compete for prizes and honors in June 22 contest modeled after the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA – Get out your pencils (or pens – if you dare!) for the third annual Minnesota Crossword Tournament. Crossworders will have a chance to compete for bragging rights and prizes on Sunday, June 22 at Saint Paul’s Landmark Center, 75 5th Street. Doors open at noon and the first round of puzzles begins at 12:30 p.m.

Solvers in each of three brackets – Amateur, Expert and Teams (of up to four players) – will tackle at least three original crossword puzzles created and edited specially for this tournament by constructors whose work appears in the New York Times. Like the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT) after which Minnesota’s was modeled, scoring will be based on accuracy and speed. Solvers with the highest combined scores from the first three rounds will move on to the finals, with championship puzzles to be solved in front of the crowd.

Spectators will be provided copies of the puzzles to play along. Puzzle packs will also be available online following the tournament. Complimentary snacks and coffee will be available at the tournament; other bars and restaurants are nearby. Solvers and spectators alike will enjoy an entertaining day of suspense, surprises and fun. Proceeds support the mission of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. The competition is limited to 200 individual competitors and 25 teams – please register early.

Registration Information:
Individual Competitor   $20
Team (2 to 4 puzzlers)   $45
Spectator   $5
More information and registration

About The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library:

Currently celebrating its 69th year, The Friends is a private, nonprofit membership organization which supports the Saint Paul Public Library through private fundraising, advocacy, cultural programming and public awareness activities. Since 2006, The Friends has led the Minnesota Book Awards and, as of 2012, is the designated Minnesota Center for the Book – the state affiliate of the National Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. For more information, contact The Friends at 651-222-3242 or explore this website.

State Winners Announced in Annual Student Writing Contest



Eleven Minnesota students in grades 4 through 12 are honored for outstanding writing in national Letters About Literature essay contest.

SAINT PAUL, May 12, 2014 – The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the home of the Minnesota Center for the Book, is pleased to announce the state-level winners of the 2014 annual national Letters About Literature Essay Contest, co-sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English and Common Good Books.

Center for the Book

Some 50,000 adolescent and young adult readers nationwide in grades 4 through 12 participated in this year’s Letters About Literature program, which encourages young people to read, be inspired, and write back to the author who has somehow changed their view of the world or themselves. Minnesota’s students entered 1,113 letters in the competition, and of those, 119 letters made it through to the state-level round of judging. For more information about the contest, national winners, and free teaching resources to guide students through the reader response and writing process, visit www.read.gov/letters/.

The winners of the Letters About Literature essay competition were selected on three levels: Level I for grades four through six, Level II for grades seven and eight, and Level III for grades nine through twelve.

The winners are:

Level I

First place:
Nathan Behrens (Grade 6: Parkview Center School, Roseville)
Letter to Barbara Joosse, author of I Love You the Purplest

Second Place:
Alemu Slattery (Grade 5: Great River School, St. Paul)
Letter to Gary Paulsen, author of Tucket’s Travels

Third Place (tie):
Lauren Phillips (Grade 6: Chapel Hill Academy, Chanhassen)
Letter to Jenny L. Cote, author of The Ark, The Reed, and the Fire Cloud;
and
Noelle Wang (Grade 5: Friendly Hills Middle School, Mendota Heights)
Letter to Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat

Level II

First Place:
Noah Visness (Grade 7: ESCHEL Home School Cooperative, St. Paul)
Letter to Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Men

Second Place (tie):
Caroline Bowen (Grade 8: Our Lady of Grace, Edina)
Letter to Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief;
and
Sarah Chute (Grade 8: The Blake School – Middle School, Hopkins)
Letter to John Green, author of  The Fault in Our Stars

Third Place:
Riley Wentink (Grade 8: Chaska Middle School West)
Letter to George Orwell, author of 1984

Level III

First Place:
Larissa Bohler (Grade 11: St. Michael-Albertville High School, St. Michael)
Letter to Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why

Second Place:
Meckenna Woetzel (Grade 12: Blaine High School, Blaine)
Letter to Elie Weisel, author of Night

Third Place:
Meghana Iyer (Grade 9: Valley View Middle School, Edina)
Letter to Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Click here to read the winning essays.

For more information, contact
 Alayne Hopkins, Director of Programs and Minnesota Book Awards
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
651-366-6488
alayne@thefriends.orgCommon Good Books

The Friends achieve coveted 4-star rating for third consecutive year

4-star-charityFewer than 12 percent of charities evaluated have received the coveted 4-Star rating for three consecutive years, indicating that The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library outperforms the majority of nonprofits in America with respect to financial health, accountability and transparency.

April 22, 2014 – As the nonprofit sector continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, donors demand more accountability, transparency and quantifiable results from the charities they choose to support. In this competitive philanthropic marketplace, Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, highlights the work of efficient charities such as The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, and provides donors with essential information needed to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make.

Based on the most recent financial information, Charity Navigator has calculated a 4-Star rating for The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library for the third consecutive year for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances. Fewer than 12 percent of the charities evaluated receive this “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator for three consecutive years, a classification that differentiates The Friends from its peers, and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that The Friends adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

“It’s important that our donors trust that we’re using our funds wisely to accomplish The Friends’ mission,” said Peter Pearson, Friends President. “Our 4-Star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we continue take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously. We strive to be the best stewards of our resources.”

Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine, among others, have profiled and celebrated Charity Navigator’s unique method of applying data-driven analysis to the charitable sector. They evaluate ten times more charities than their nearest competitor, and attract more visitors to their website (www.charitynavigator.org) than all other charity rating groups combined, making them the leading charity evaluator in America, influencing billions of dollars of charitable gifts annually.

Since its founding in 2002, Charity Navigator’s professional analysts have examined tens of thousands of non-profit financial documents and have used this knowledge to develop an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system to assess the financial health of over 5,500 of America’s best-known charities. Each charity is awarded an overall rating, ranging from zero to four stars. Charity Navigator accepts no funding from the charities they evaluate, ensuring that ratings remain objective.

The mission of Charity Navigator, a nonprofit itself, is to be a “guide to intelligent giving,” and its impact on American giving cannot be overstated. Millions of donors visit the site annually with the vast majority indicating that Charity Navigator is the sole or primary resource they use to make their charitable giving decisions.