The CF Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance
* The Better Business Bureau operates the Wise Giving Alliance
. It monitors governance, effectiveness, finances and solicitations and informational materials from nonprofit organizations.
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 Better Business Bureau'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."
"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." 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.
"One of many benefits for organizations answering Charting Impact's questions is that the process encourages deep, meaningful conversations with stakeholders about the impact the organization has made, will make and how to bridge the gaps," said Art Taylor, president and chief executive of BBB Wise Giving Alliance
, which promotes accountability standards in the nonprofit community.
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.