• Tampa Bay Times, The Center for Investigative Reporting launch Charity Checker

    When it comes to choosing a charity, donors first should do their homework and turn to Charity Checker for help.


    Charity Checker is an online tool that captures what the nation’s top charity watchdogs have to say about more than 11,000 charities. It was built by the Tampa Bay Times, in partnership with The Center for Investigative Reporting, and is powered by GuideStar, Charity Navigator, BBB Wise Giving Alliance and GreatNonprofits.


    “We’ve created an easy-to-use web site that can help inform those with the generous instincts to give to charity,” said Times Editor Neil Brown. “Charity Checker is unique in that it collects important rating information from a variety of good sources and pulls it together in one single place.”


    Added Mark Katches, the editorial director for The Center for Investigative Reporting: “The idea of this tool is to make things easier for consumers to begin their research into charities. There is no other resource out there quite like it.”


    The tool aggregates the ratings and reviews already offered by several of the nation’s most prominent watchdog organizations. With a simple search, you can see their results.


    With tampabay.com/charitychecker, you also can:

    •        Search specific charities.

    •        Search by category.

    •        Write your own review to share with GreatNonprofits.


    You can also embed part of Charity Checker into your website by using the Charity Checker widget, which is available at www.tampabay.com/charitychecker/widget.


    About the Tampa Bay Times

    The Tampa Bay Times is widely considered one of the Top Ten newspapers in America and has won nine Pulitzer Prizes. It is Florida’s largest newspaper, with an average circulation of 355,853 Sunday and 299,985 daily (AAM FAS-FAX September 2013). The Times is produced by the Times Publishing Company, which also publishes TampaBay.com – Tampa Bay’s largest local news Web site with 2.4 million unique visitors each month (Nielsen NetView six-month average for 6/13-11/13). Additionally, the company publishes the free daily tbt*, an edition of the Tampa Bay Times, tb-two*, a free paper written by Tampa Bay area students distributed to students, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning website, PolitiFact.com; and produces special events, specialty publications, and targeted advertising programs.


    About The Center For Investigative Reporting

    Investigative reporting is an essential pillar of a democratic society. For more than three decades, The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has relentlessly pursued and revealed injustices that otherwise would remain hidden from the public. Today, we’re upholding this legacy and looking forward, working at the forefront of journalistic innovation to tell the stories that make a difference and reach diverse audiences of all ages, across the aisle and worldwide. CIR stories appear in hundreds of news outlets, including NPR News, PBS Frontline, PBS NewsHour, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee, The Daily Beast and American Public Media’s Marketplace. CIR stories have received numerous journalism awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, George Polk Award, Emmy Award, Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.  Its reports have sparked state and federal hearings and legislation, public-interest lawsuits and changes in corporate policies. For more information, please visit cironline.org.