Friday, May 22, 2015

Ski outings, luxury cruises and dating service membership (etc.) while fighting cancer?

Four alleged cancer fighting charities are investigated by the FTC with 50 states backing the legal actions that followed. It has been called a "historic and unprecedented" response by government to charity scams. But is it really? See my views on the subject in this 4 minute video.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Final Charity Navigator Interview

About three weeks before my departure from Charity Navigator (CN), I was interviewed by mOppenheimTV for their INSIGHT show. In the interview (18 minutes in length), I discuss the past, present and planned future of Charity Navigator and its challenges. I also provide a brief review of my career and how it influenced my work at CN.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Clinton Foundation Questions Its Watchlist Designation on Charity Navigator

I was recently interviewed by a reporter for NY Magazine regarding the CN Watchlist entry for the Clinton Foundation. You can find that article - here.

In follow-up, I was interviewed on the Willis Report and you can watch that interview here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NOT a Farewell Message to Readers of Ken's Commentary

My tenure as president & CEO of Charity Navigator ended on 3-30-15. It was an amicable and mutually agreed upon departure based upon each party wanting to move in a different direction.  I am still involved with the organization, most immediately planning to finish a book I have been co-writing with Dr. Robert Penna about the unique perspective, tools, resources and leverage for positive change that CN offers the nonprofit sector.

My plan is to continue to work in some capacity to help donors, foundations, corporations, government, nonprofits and social businesses to do their best to help people and communities. In addition, I plan to keep this blog going with my thoughts and observations on the social sector (all those individuals and organizations dedicated to the greater good).

Thanks again for your continued interest in what I have to say. It’s been an honor and a privilege to have this blog as a place to chronicle my observations and efforts to nurture and help win the battle for the soul of the social sector!


P.S. I have a radio interview this week I intend to post here, as well as an article in the making on social businesses and the challenges of "bigness" in trying to do social good. Onward!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Battle for the Soul of the Social Sector

Ken Berger spoke at an event hosted by the NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship in October 2014.

Friday, February 20, 2015

George W. Bush Institute

Ken Berger presented at the George W. Bush Institute last week on The Overhead Myth.

The entire 5 hour event can be found below. The panel he spoke on begins 2 hours and 30 minutes in. His preliminary remarks occur at 2 hours and 45 minutes in.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Job Opening at Charity Navigator

This past November, following a very detailed and thoughtful planning process, the Board of Charity Navigator approved a significant plan to scale up the operations of our organization. Here are some of the important goals we have set:
  1. Doubling the number of charities we rate to 10,000 by the end of 2016.*
  2. Rating those 10,000 charities on CN 3.0 by the end of 2016.**
  3. Significantly improving our users’ experience of our web site to make it more easy to use than ever with state of the art technology.
  4. Continuously improve our operations in all areas to be a role model charity and a high performing organization.
  5. Innovate and create new offerings on our site with the goals of helping as many donors as we can and driving more money to the highest performing charities.
To achieve these ambitious goals, we intend to double our staff size by the end of 2015.*** To that end, one of the most important roles to be filled as soon as possible is a Chief Operating Officer.

Please have a look at the Join Our Team page of our web site to read the job description and the ideal qualifications we are looking for. The posting will also direct candidates as to how to apply.

Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide in getting the best and brightest individuals to join our team so that we can do even more to meet our mission as a guide to intelligent giving! 
*We began the process in 2009. At that time we were rating 5500 organizations. As of this month, we are rating over 8,000.
**We began data gathering for CN 3.0 in January of 2013 and have thus far gathered the data on over 1,800 of the 10,000 charities we will have in our database by the end of 2016 when we will begin to rate charities on the new element to our rating system – results reporting.
***We are increasing the staff from 14 to 28 this year, as well as doubling our budget.