Michael Thatcher, CEO of Charity Navigator

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CEO of Charity Navigator, Michael Thatcher, on evaluating and rating thousands of charities.


Charity Navigator is an organisation that evaluates charities, and provides in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health, accountability and transparency of 200,000 charities. They also facilitate the giving process.


Charity Navigator is a household name for many leaders in the philanthropy and non-profit space.


They have just launched a new website and new functionalities. Michael Thatcher provides excellent insight on how they work and how their rating and analysis can help you improve the world and ensure donor funding goes to higher-performing organisations.


Charity Navigator aims to democratise philanthropy and make it easier for anyone to give irrespective of their means.


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About Michael Thatcher


Michael leads Charity Navigator in its efforts to make impactful philanthropy easier for all by increasing the breadth and depth of evaluation methodologies to facilitate ratings coverage of substantially larger numbers of charities, and expand how the information engages new and existing audiences.


Prior to joining Charity Navigator, Michael spent more than fifteen years with Microsoft, the last ten of which, as their Public Sector Chief Technology Officer responsible for technology policy initiatives and engagements with government and academic leaders in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.


Michael's eclectic background includes years at sea conducting oceanographic research with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, composing music and dancing internationally as the co-founder and co-director of Dance Music Light. He has held various board positions within the nonprofit and tech sectors, holds several patents in enterprise systems management, and has a degree in Music from Columbia University in New York.


His guiding mantra: Follow your heart - Use your head - Make a difference