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American Institute of
3450 North Lake Shore Drive
P.O. Box 578460
Chicago, Illinois 60657
mission of the AIP, a nonprofit charity watchdog and information service, is to maximize
the effectiveness of every dollar contributed to charity by providing donors with
information they need to make more informed giving decisions".
The AIP Guide lists charities by
categories along with a financial analysis of the organization represented by a letter
grade ranging from A to F. One can also find a list of the top-rated charities from its
This site informs the
public of the quality of certain charities. It has a grading system as to how effective an
organization is with its donations as well as tips on how to donate safely.
I agree. This website and organization provide
a wealth of information on how effective charity organizations are and how best to
donate your money. -KHK
In my opinion, the most thorough and outspoken of the
charity watchdogs. - Bill Blackman, president, Hearts & Minds
Provides tips on how to donate wisely and not be
unnecessarily solicited for money periodically. Also offers details on
organizations and a rating for their use of your donated money. -LOL
This website provides links to other charity watchdog groups
if you could not find what you were looking for in their site. Very precise.
. This organization provide to give information
about the wise giving of the donors. It is important to know where and who
the donation comes, a lot of people doesn't know . - MDN
AIP analyze charity financial documents to identify
charities that are financially efficient, and ones that are not and
publishes its finding, give to
charities that will allocate most of their contributions to program services
that benefit the people and to causes that donors wish to support. -JV
1200 MacArthur Boulevard
Mahwah, New Jersey 07430
"Works to guide intelligent giving. Helps
charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information
on more than eleven hundred charities and by evaluating the financial health
of each of these charities".
Extensive website that features a vast amount of
information. Website is designed well, but, due to the complexity of the information
presented, it takes some time to research a particular organization. -KHK
The site gives an extensive analysis on each of the charities it
evaluates. From its ratings to its graphs, the site is easy to understand and very helpful
in finding the right organization for your donation. -MKK
Questions to Ask page, provides great information on what questions to
ask an organization before donating. Also explains the great tax advantages of
donating to charities. -LOL
Find a charity you can thrust...(home page of the website)... is not so easy
to choose where give a donation...animals, environment,
international...etc..... This association seems to be ready to follow the
right way and help a donors to look at the help them select. - MDN
Help charitable givers make intelligent giving
decisions by providing information on over five thousand charities and by
evaluating the financial health of each of these charities. (take from the
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Williamsburg, VA 23188
"Database of more than 850,000
IRS-recognized nonprofit organizations. It's free".
The site provides tips and an
advanced search engine to make it easy to donate to a charity that is important to you.
Free registration to the site gets you extensive
information on any nonprofit organization, such as the address, program
descriptions, goals and results, and recent 990 IRS tax forms. -LOL
I agree with LOL. -JV
National Committee for Responsive
2001 S Street NW, Suite 620
Washington, DC 20009
"Mission is to make
philanthropy more responsive to people with the least wealth and opportunity, more
relevant to critical public needs, and more open and accountable to all, to create a more
just and democratic society.
Conducts action research, provides technical assistance to nonprofits,
and engages in policy advocacy. Its reform activism targets foundations,
corporations, individual donors and workplace fund-raising."
Through publications and research projects, hopes
to create new and better philanthropy by using education and reform. It also provides help
to organizations with grant-writing and other tasks. This
site encourages the public to perform philanthropic deeds and houses many links concerning
philanthropic organizations. -EL
I agree. Seeks to hold charitable organizations
accountable for the manner in which they use their funds. -KHK
Seeking to change aspects of philanthropy by conducting
research explaining where these organizations are going wrong. Does not
specifically mention donating, but the link between the issues is strong.
Speak up and fighting for everyone have equal
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Philanthropic Advisory Service
of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.
4200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 800
Arlington, VA, 22203
Evaluates charities based on financial
responsibility. Covers major national groups.
Collects and distributes information on hundreds of nonprofit
organizations that solicit nationally or have national or international program services.
donors and potential donors with an impartial source for information on nationally
soliciting charitable organizations and for advice on sound giving practices.
As a council of the Better Business Bureaus,
PAS researches the financial responsibility of nonprofit organizations. This
information is distributed to the public for better-informed giving. PAS also publishes a
quarterly newsletter entitled "Give...But Give Wisely®", in which
information and articles about more than 200 charities are given.
PAS provides reports on
organizations in hopes of giving the public better judgment as to where it would like
to donate. Also includes a guide to charitable giving. -EL
I agree. Very thorough listing of organizations
and the financial records of each. -KHK
Very extensive list of information for huge number of
organizations. Rates organizations based on specific standards and clearly
states in which area they are lacking. -LOL
missing is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. -JV (take from
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