Giving Matters

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

Dameun Strange – Disruptive Philanthropy Personified

Disruptive Philanthropy can have many different definitions. The Council defines it as ‘a transformative event or moment, an act of giving and relationship building that is a departure from the status quo. It may not be easy, endorsed or comfortable, but it is necessary to inclusively create a shared vision, a new sustainability, innovation, imagination… More

What is Disruptive Philanthropy? Asking the Questions of ‘Why?’ and ‘How?’ for a Greater Good

Leaders, builders and lovers of social good: get ready! It’s time for our Annual Forum. You asked and we answered. This year we are ‘doing it big.’ We’ve expanded the event to honor our community’s history of generosity and imagine an even greater future of giving. This year’s focus will be Disruptive Philanthropy. We asked… More

Introducing Accountability Wizard 3.0!

Charities Review Council launched new Accountability Wizard software, known as Accountability Wizard 3.0, on April 1, 2014. You’ve seen our revised Accountability Standards, and now we have a brand new Accountability Wizard nonprofit assessment tool that will make our review process even more meaningful and beneficial to participants. This proprietary cloud-based capacity building system is… More

Revised Accountability Standards: Changing to Better Serve You

Last year, we piloted a rolling review of the Accountability Standards® to ensure that they remain responsive to the changing needs of donors and nonprofits. Through surveys, focus groups and expert dialogue sessions, we engaged a diverse community of nonprofit leaders, donors, grantmakers and academics, making co-created revisions to help nonprofits and donors usher in… More

More than Just a Box of Cookies

Though the pending snowstorm isn’t any indication, there is one sure sign that spring is near: Girl Scout cookies are for sale! The infamous bright, colorful boxes filled with Thin Mints, Tagalongs, and Samoas have become such a familiar sight that people don’t often think of the cookie sales as a nonprofit fundraiser. The Girl… More

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