Giving Matters

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

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

Are we in a Public-Trust Recession too?

At our June 18 Annual Forum, national expert Paul Light of New York University got people’s attention. He believes there’s a looming crisis of confidence in nonprofits that the sector isn’t taking seriously enough.Donors give less than they would otherwise, he says, because they feel nonprofits don’t spend money wisely. Given the economy’s double whammy… More

More on The Big Give

Guest Blogger: Amy Sinykin A recent criticism by Joshua Horwitz, the executive director of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, in Washington, articulates many of the comments made about the show throughout the philanthropy and nonprofit sectors. I don’t agree with Mr. Horwitz criticism entirely. (I’m Minnesotan, of course, anger sometimes turns me off…)… More

Can Reality Television and Philanthropy Play Nice?

Guest Blogger: Amy Sinykin I don’t feel the need to join the debate about whether or not reality TV is the downfall of our society. Because, admittedly, I like TV and have been known to happily zone out to an episode of Survivor or the Amazing Race. (Okay, okay, I may have watched an episode… More

Rx for Public Trust: A Parrot in Every Charity

It gets under my skin to hear the leader of a nonprofit say its finances are private. That was the response of some of the six religious nonprofits that have stonewalled the U.S. Senate Finance Committee that has been working under both Republican and Democratic leadership to weed out and prevent charity abuse.One of my… More

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