We know many of you here on Thanksgiving week are thinking about what charities you would like to donate money to over the holiday season. If you want to give to a locally-based organization, we've taken the top 45 non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) tax status in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon Counties and ranked them by ratings provided by charitynavigator.org, the leading web site for evaluating the performance of non-profits across the country.
HOLLAND, MICH. - Who says politicians don't reach across the aisle anymore? Two former foes should be congratulated for working together to give the state of Michigan a seat at the table. Newly-confirmed U.S. Ambassador to Netherlands Pete Hoekstra, a former Republican member of Congress and West Michigan resident, tweeted out a thank you to current Democratic U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. The U.S. Senate approved Hoekstra's ambassadorship Thursday and Sen. Stabenow led the charge to get him through.
LANSING, MICH (WZZM) - A 13 Watchdog team investigation found how difficult it is for state investigators to find people responsible for committing tax fraud using identity theft. The issue was brought to our attention by a local woman who is a former police officer. She had state income taxes filed on her social security number and mailing address.
Check out all our web resources so you can make your decision where to give this holiday season. We ranked the top 45 West Michigan-based charities based on performance and transparency here:
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".