Giving Matters

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

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

Top 10 Signs You Work at Charities Review Council

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day tomorrow, we’re spreading some Smart Givers love with this list of common Charities Review Council staff quirks and characteristics. So with that, you know you are a Charities Review Council staffer if: 10. You look up every nonprofit you hear about to see if it’s on the list of… More

Examining Accountability in a New Era

If you’ve spent any time on our website, you’ve probably seen words like accountability thrown around. While there is no doubt that accountability is extremely important to a strong nonprofit sector and trusting, generous donors, it’s become somewhat of a buzzword. So what does accountability really mean, especially given the new era of instant, online… More

Administrative Overhead Expenses Finally Acknowledged

Here at the Charities Review Council, we talk a lot about looking “Beyond the Overhead Ratio” to determine a nonprofit’s impact based on more than just basic financials. Today, we’re diving right into the middle of that cumbersome overhead conversation to share some good news! The Office of Management and Business (OMB) announced changes in… More

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