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September 2, 2005

Becky's Blurbs: Identifying and Evaluating Charities

The Illinois State Library's CLICKs site has a list of sources that identify and evaluate charities.

http://www.illinoisclicks.org/browse?c=6

Another site that overlaps with the Illinois CLICK list, but has more information on how to evaluate charities is givespot.com.

Charity Navigator (CN)is one of the sources on both of those lists. I looked at the site and its methodology of ratings of the charities. For the most part, the rating system is pretty sound, except that one of the charities they rated as one of the highest, the American Red Cross, had expenses that exceeded their revenues. CN specially tells the reader that charities which exceed their revenues is not good. Also, they list only 503(c) organizations and not others.

The sites listed on these resource lists often have links to the web pages of the charities to look at their mission and information about how to contribute. In the aftermath of the worst natural disaster in our nation's history, it's important to know a little more about the organizations and if they are wisely spending your donations.


Posted by Becky at September 2, 2005 12:57 PM Posted to Becky's Blurbs