Giving Matters

Insights on informed charitable giving, and accountability in the nonprofit sector.

A Smart Giver’s Guide to Give to the Max Day 2022

Join the Minnesota tradition of giving to your favorite organization in November! Are you considering a gift but want to feel more confident in how you select which organization to support? Are you looking for a bit more insight on nonprofit governance after the recent press about a local organization under investigation? We are here… Read more

Donor-Advised Funds

This is the first (but not last) blog post the Council will dedicate to the topic of Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs). In our efforts to inform donors and transform philanthropy, we will feature a short series on DAFs to provide some context, some points of consideration, and some different voices from people in-the-know about DAFs!  Today… Read more

2021 Annual Report: A Note from our Board Chair & Executive Director

We are pleased to share our 2021 year in review with you. You can find our complete list of 2021 reports here, and a note below from Board Chair Stacey Nelson-Kumar and Executive Director Kris Kewitsch.                                      … Read more

(Let Us Be) Your Guide on Accountability Wizard® Guided Reviews

So, you’ve done your research and decided (correctly so!) that Charities Review Council’s Accountability Wizard® is a valuable investment for your organization’s health and reputation. You know it will:  Create a shared culture of transparency and trust as you engage your board and staff around accountability issues.   Assist in aligning your organizational practices and procedures.  … Read more

Donor Engagement: Best Practices to Remember

In today’s giving landscape, it seems ever more elusive to earn and maintain engagement with donors—especially with donors dwindling. A 2021 study published by Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy found only half of U.S. households donated to a charity. Looking into the giving patterns of more than 9k households, the study found a… Read more

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