CharityNavigator.org is one of the major websites recommended by Consumer Reports for researching charities. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and receives no funding from the charities that it rates.
Charity Navigator began rating charities in 2001 and currently rates over 8,000 organizations. Its funding comes through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. There are no fees for users of the service. Charity Navigator's ratings are based on three dimensions of an organization's operations: financial health, accountability and transparency, and results reporting. A team of professional analysts compiles the ratings. Charity Navigator's stated goal is to provide the information that an informed charitable giver or social investor needs for intelligent giving.