Request For Research Presentations For the PrivacyCon Conference #25

Submission Number:
Michael Thatcher
New Jersey
Initiative Name:
Request For Research Presentations For the PrivacyCon Conference
Frauds, scams, embezzlement, and deceptions. For many, these are the first words donors think of when discussing the efficacies of non-profit organizations. Especially towards the end of the year, individuals receive an influx of fraudulent requests from parties pretending to be charities, merely seeking monetary gain. Through the creation of an adaptive Advisory system that works with GoFundMe, attornies general, and the FTC, Charity Navigator is innovating big data strategies to ensure donors have the correct information to make meaningful, informed giving decisions. With new technologies influencing the nonprofit sector every year, Charity Navigator's threat-identification system protects millions of individuals from making detrimental investment decisions. Artificial intelligence and use of these new technologies mean that scams can occur with targeted frequency, and the most vulnerable are often left unprotected. Charity Navigator releases advisories on a three-tier system based on the claims that come out against specific charities. Determining the implication of non-transparent financial practices for various charities depends on the nature of the claim. Charity Navigator, through use of the Advisory Issuance Committee, has developed a deep understanding of the multiple ways in which charity fraud can occur, and seeks to protect consumers by warning them about the potential issues of organizations practicing in bad faith.