Tag Archives: charitable giving

Evaluate Before You Donate

Don’t know what to look for before you donate to a nonprofit? Don’t worry — you are not alone.

With online donation sites like JustGive.org and Network for Good it is now easier and more convenient to donate than ever before. But how do can donors know if their organization will be efficient and effective in spending donor money?

Sites like Charity Navigator and Guidestar have supplied donors with the legitimate forms and facts about nonprofits, but not a whole lot of explanation. The answer is out there, but that takes time and energy.

In a recent article, Si Cantwell from Star News Online outlines the best way to evaluate a nonprofit before you donate. She walks readers through form 990s (a document administered by the IRS for all 501 c(3) tax-exempt organizations), audited financials, un-audited statements of income and expenses, and other standard information.

To find out how you can determine where, and to what programs, your charitable donation will go toward visit Star News online.

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Giving – especially to small orgs – bounces back

Posted by katya on Katya’s Non-Profit Marketing Blog Tuesday, June 15, 2010

On the heels of GivingUSA’s gloomy news about 2009 giving overall (see my last post) Blackbaud’s charitable giving index shows 2010 is better.  Giving continues to recover this year online and off – especially for smaller organizations:

More on the report is here.

It is part of the Nonprofit Times Sector Dash, which you can find here.