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The mission, board and finances of a nonprofit can lend invaluable guidance to donors considering offering their support
When you are ready to learn more about a specific charity, start with the mission statement. Your first concern is whether the mission is in line with your charitable goals.
A good mission statement is brief, easy to understand, and clearly articulates both the primary purpose of the organization and the community it seeks to serve.
If the nonprofit organization has a web site, start there. Look on the home page or in sections that provide background information on the organization's purpose, programs, or history.
We provide some tools and resources which may help you to research the organization.
You can always contact the charity directly and request its annual report.
An organization's programs should be derived directly from its mission statement.
The board of trustees serves as a charity's guiding force in virtually all respects — its funding, policies, programs, and operations.
Nonprofit boards serve a valuable civic role in our society, and membership is much more than an honorary appointment. A board of trustees oversees all areas of an organization, including the following:
Financial reports provide important information about a charity's financial health — and how it chooses to spend its money.
For larger charities, much of this information is available in annual reports and newsletters or online via websites.
For smaller charities, especially those that are close to home, your best bet may be to contact them directly. Not only will you receive the information you're requesting, but you'll also get firsthand experience in how the organization responds to its donors.
The purpose of your financial review is to determine whether a charity is worthy of your support, either as a donor or a volunteer. A fairly simple review of specific financial documents should tell you what you need to know.