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How do you donate online through Charity Navigator?

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Donors are able to donate online through Charity Navigator by selecting a charity on the Charity Navigator website, clicking on its name to go to the charity's webpage and clicking on Donate to This Charity. To complete the transaction, Charity Navigator redirects donors to the payment processor Network for Good.

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Charity Navigator does not directly accept donations unless people want to donate to Charity Navigator itself. Instead, it partners with Network for Good, an organization that assists nonprofits, corporations and software developers in raising, handling and distributing charitable donations. Network for Good charges a 5 percent fee for transactions involving credit cards and other fees for online check transactions, as of 2015. Alternatively, Charity Navigator has links to the listed charities' own websites, where donors are able to donate directly to the charities themselves.

Donors are able to use the Charity Navigator rating system to decide which charities to support. Charity Navigator rates charities according to accountability, transparency and financial health and awards ratings on a scale of zero to four stars. Users are able to browse various categories of charities such as education, environment, health, human services and a number of others. The Charity Navigator website also has a library of articles with tips for donors on choosing a charity to support, avoiding scams, donating and handling the taxation aspect of donations.

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