How do I research a charity?

What resources can help me compare nonprofits?


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Charity Rating Guide & Watchdog Report – The Lawson McGhee Library keeps one year of the magazine.


Charity Navigator – Charity Navigator's rating system examines two broad areas of a charity's performance: financial health and accountability/transparency.

Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming (Tennessee Secretary of State) – Determine if a charitable organization which is fundraising is meeting the legal requirements to do so, and if the organization is one to which you wish to donate. – BBB Wise Giving Alliance produces evaluative reports on charities based on 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability that address four charity areas: governance, results reporting, finances, and truthful and transparent communications.

GiveWell Charity Reviews and Research – researches outstanding giving opportunities to help donors decide where to give.

GuideStar – Tax returns (990 forms) for nonprofit organizations provide information on organizational salaries, program expenses, and investments.

  • Last Updated Mar 22, 2022
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