Charities Review Council (Self-Review)

Mission Statement

Building donor and nonprofit relationships for strong, vibrant, and just communities.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments We served over 563 nonprofits in 2018 using the Accountability Wizard®, the Accountability Standards®, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Toolkit, and the Meets Standards® Seal to strengthen their infrastructure and demonstrate their strength and accountability to donors and funders. These nonprofits represent over $3.75 billion in the economy. Using the Accountability Wizard®, most of these nonprofits self-identify changes needed to improve and strengthen their policies, practices, and procedures, and with the Council’s assistance, every nonprofit can make improvements. The Council’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Toolkit provides the tools and resources nonprofits need to address this work. It is an accessible, organizationally focused, affordable, action-oriented set of tools that can be used as a complement to the Accountability Wizard® or on its own. It includes an assessment tool that engages all levels of the organization both internally and externally while providing resources and guides to help nonprofits navigate this work, identifying gaps and building on their strengths to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. We launched the Toolkit in 2017, and we are actively refining and adding to it based on nonprofit feedback. The Accountability Standards® create common ground across the nonprofit sector, building a foundation of strength in our community that supports trusting relationships between donors, funders, and nonprofits. Donors and foundations use the Accountability Standards® to assess the internal strength of the causes they care about and as a starting place for engagement and conversation with their favorite nonprofits. When donors are confident in supporting strong, trustworthy nonprofits, they can partner in authentic ways that advance the greater good. Each year, the Council shares smart giving information with over 7,300 donors, businesses, and foundations via our semiannual Smart Giver Newsletter and responds to over 1,000 donor support calls and emails. We also serve over 31,000 constituents through our website and blog, and thousands more on social media.
Current Goals We developed a new strategic plan in 2018 that will guide our work through 2020. Through a rigorous planning process, we articulated an ambitious plan that will force us to stretch, grow and work harder to better serve our community of donors, funders and nonprofits. Guided by a new vision to transform philanthropy, we have created a new mission statement: building donor and nonprofit relationships for strong, vibrant and just communities. We are focused on developing the spaces, places, and tools to build authentic relationships between donors and nonprofits using the Accountability Standards®. By challenging ourselves and others to create new relationships and dynamics, we advance the greater good through community-centered solutions that bring donors and nonprofits together. Our strategic goals are to: 1) expand our reach with donors, funders, and nonprofits, 2) be recognized as a national leader in advancing philanthropy into the 21st century, 3) inspire and support culturally responsive giving, 4) develop an organizational business model framed for growth, and 5) align internal structures and resources to meet external demands.
Community or Constituency Served The Council serves both donors and nonprofits. In 2018, we served more than 563 nonprofits via the Accountability Wizard® (our online capacity-building tool) and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Toolkit, providing more than 2,400 hours of customized technical assistance along the way. Additionally, we sent 7,300 constituents our semiannual Smart Giver Newsletter and responded to more than 1,000 donor support calls and emails, each one having the potential to translate into one or more confident gifts to strong nonprofits! We also continued to provide extensive online resources to both donors and nonprofits on our website and via our social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Geographic Area Served The Council serves nonprofits and donors across the country.

Reports & Finances

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 01/17/2020

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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700 Raymond Ave Ste 160
Saint Paul, MN 55114
Phone: (651) 224-7030

General Information

Alternative Name: The Council
EIN: 41-0652474
Principal Staff: Kris Kewitsch
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 3.5
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 38,000
Ruling Year: 1948


Board Chair: Gregg Larson
Number of Board Members: 10
Board Meetings with Quorum: 11
Average Member Attendance: 9

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Charities Review Council

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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