Giving Matters

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

Welcome back, Olivia Felland

Please welcome Olivia Felland (she/her) as our Program and Operations Coordinator! After starting as an intern over two years ago, Olivia has filled many different roles at the Council from supporting our donor database to mastering the Accountability Wizard reviews.   Previously, she was the Development Coordinator at the Germanic-American Institute working on all aspects of fundraising. She graduated… Read more

Ukraine: Smart Giving in times of crisis

I saw a post on my social media feed a few days ago that described the extreme measures parents in Ukraine were taking to reconnect with their children. The most affecting image for me was of a child with contact information written in Sharpie marker on their back. As disturbing as all the images of… Read more

Takeaways on Governance: How to stay in compliance

If you’ve watched the news recently, an organization out of Minnesota has been making headlines, creating a ripple effect across the nonprofit stratosphere. A recent FBI fraud investigation into a local nonprofit, Feeding Our Future, on allegations that they violated federal meal programs and flouted nonprofit compliance laws. Dissolving just weeks ago, the nonprofit’s Executive… Read more

Madeline Folstein standing in front of the ocean

Thank you and farewell from Madeline Folstein

Council partners & friends, It is with mixed emotions that I share my resignation as Communications & Marketing Coordinator at Charities Review Council. My last day will be Thursday, February 24th. I have accepted a role as a Program/Project Specialist at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. I’m looking forward to supporting development/alumni relations… Read more

Abby Wright Wellan welcoming FORUM guests to the Grand Ballroom

A Farewell Note from Operations Manager Abby Wright Wellan

Council partners & friends, Today’s message is bittersweet. It is with mixed emotions that I share my resignation as Operations Manager at Charities Review Council. My last day will be Friday, January 14th, 2022. As I reflect on my 9.5 year Council tenure, I’m incredibly thankful. From intern to Operations Manager, it’s been quite the… Read more

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