To make sure the intended beneficiary of your largesse is providing genuine assistance, check it out on a charity watchdog website such as the BBB Wise Giving Alliance
, Charity Navigator, and/or Charity Watch.
Two websites that cover multiple aspects of volunteer/nonprofit organizations, especially beyond financial statements and tax forms, are VolunteerMatch and the BBB's Wise Giving Alliance
Ask charities for a copy of their annual report and contact the BBB's Wise Giving Alliance
According to the Wise Giving Alliance
, the two charities at the beginning of this article fail to meet the BBB's standards because neither specifies the actual portion of the purchase price going to the organization.
In addition, even Charity Navigator, along with ratings organizations GuideStar and BBB Wise Giving Alliance
, acknowledged in an "open letter to donors" issued a year ago that "The percent of charity expenses that go to administrative and fundraising costs--commonly referred to as 'overhead'--is a poor measure of a charity's performance.
The tool combines the information gathered by GuideStar, Charity Navigator, BBB Wise Giving Alliance
Check out the charity with the Better Business Bureau's (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance
, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch or GuideStar.
Charting Impact, a program that enables nonprofits to report their progress, growth and effectiveness, has been integrated into the GuideStar Exchange, according to an announcement last week by BBB Wise Giving Alliance
, GuideStar and Independent Sector.
In fact, the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
Standards for Charity Accountability, which encourages ethical conduct by charitable organizations, recommends that no more than 35% percent of every dollar donated be used for fundraising efforts, which would leave only 65% to help individuals.
In addition to its 4-star rating on Charity Navigator, Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance
, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system.
Questions about the handling of American Life League's finances have been raised by the IRS according to the organization's federal form 990; by the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance
, a national monitoring organization; and by Charitynavigation.
Today the PAF boasts permanent status with the IRS as a public charity and has been awarded the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance
National Charity Seal demonstrating its commitment to accountability and ethical practices.