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Charities Review Council Featured in Star Tribune Article

As 2022 wrapped up, the Star Tribune ran a series of articles related to the Feeding Our Future fraud investigation and its impact on the nonprofit sector and charitable giving. The series included an article featuring the Council’s expertise in helping donors and funders understand how best to determine a nonprofit’s strength and transparency before… Read more

Accountability Wizard® Fee Change in 2023

Charities Review Council is updating the fee structure for our Accountability Wizard® review in the new year. These FAQs can answer general questions, and any further organization-specific questions can be directed to info@smartgivers.org.   The Council looks forward to continued partnership with the more than 600 nonprofit organizations we engaged with over the past year. We… 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

(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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