Good Charities Willingly Answer Tough Questions

Before you give to any charity, ask these questions. Worthy nonprofit organizations recognize they are recipients of the public trust and are willing and prepared to supply the answers.

  • Does the organization have a clear and strong commitment to a certain mission objective?

  • Is there an independent board that oversees the organization’s operations and accepts responsibility for its activities?

  • Are the organization’s financial records annually compiled, reviewed or audited by independent certified public accountants?

  • Can anyone receive a copy of the organization’s most recent audited financial statements upon written request?

  • Can donors obtain financial and other information about any program they have supported?

  • How does the organization avoid conflicts of interest?

  • What are the guidelines and standards for fundraising?

  • Is there a review procedure to assure compliance with fundraising standards and guidelines?

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