Mission & Values

Mobilizing informed donors and accountable nonprofits for the greater good.

“Many think of us as an asset-building partner that acts as a bridge between donors and nonprofits—and vice versa. I like to think of us as a megaphone, helping donors learn what they need to know, and recognize the potential in nonprofits in their community.”
—Kris Kewitsch, Executive Director, Charities Review Council


Our mission is to mobilize informed donors and accountable nonprofits for the greater good by creating the places, spaces, and tools for donor-nonprofit engagement. We are building a culture of philanthropy where donors, funders, and nonprofits are engaged partners, working together toward stronger communities in Minnesota and beyond. When donors and nonprofits work together in partnership, they are better able to meet the community’s needs and find innovative solutions to community concerns.

We support donors and nonprofits through education, learning communities, and vetted standards of accountability that build trust between organizations and individuals. We believe that a culture of philanthropy begins with educated partners who work together to create ripples of change and sustainability. We take our role in maintaining standards for charities very seriously, reflecting and reinforcing the vitality of the charitable sector in everything we do.

We are unabashedly dedicated to donors.

Charities Review Council knows that all donors are investors. We collaborate with both donors and grantmakers to ensure that every precious dollar goes to strong, ethical, and trustworthy organizations. We work hard to support individual donors, providing resources to educate and inform them about the many opportunities of investing in nonprofits.

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We are passionate partners of nonprofits.

We help nonprofit leaders build and communicate their organizations’ internal strengths so they can exceed their goals. With a combination of cloud-based technical assistance, non-judgmental support, and robust resources, we provide a risk-free environment where organizations can undertake our innovative Accountability Wizard® review process to align their internal practices with widely-accepted standards of nonprofit strength and accountability, all while meeting each nonprofit exactly where they are.

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We are supporting grantmakers in new ways.

The Council also works with grantmakers to ensure that they are responsive and responsible grantee partners, and to ensure that their grantees create the most impact they can.

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Charities Review Council

Our mission is to mobilize informed donors and accountable nonprofits for the greater good. We envision vibrant and healthy communities for all, benefiting from effective and trustworthy nonprofits that are supported by a well-informed public’s generosity.

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Phone: (651) 224–7030 • E-mail: info@smartgivers.org