The Accountability Standards®

Accountability Standards

The Accountability Standards® are at the heart of Charities Review Council’s mission.

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The Accountability Standards® serve as a framework for building celebrated and productive relationships between nonprofits, donors, and the general public. With these Standards, the Council builds a culture of philanthropy, where nonprofits and donors are engaged partners, working together for stronger communities.

The Accountability Standards® create a common ground across the nonprofit sector, building a foundation of strength in our community.

Donors use the Accountability Standards® as a way to assess the internal strength of the causes they care about and as a starting place for engagement and conversation with their favorite organizations. When donors are confident in their support of strong, trustworthy nonprofits, they are able to partner in authentic ways that advance the greater good. The Accountability Standards® are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Our mission is building donor and nonprofit relationships for strong, vibrant and just communities. We envision healthy communities for all, benefiting from effective and trustworthy nonprofits that are supported by a well-informed public’s generosity.

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