Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) - A charity dedicated to getting the best for other charities and their donors. Finds effective and efficient ways to connect donors to causes that matter to them. Provides financial services and advice to charities, as well as donation processing, freeing them to concentrate on their real work of making a difference.
Charity Watch - Independent, assertive charity watchdog. Groups included on the CharityWatch Top-Rated list generally spend 75% or more of their budgets on programs, spend $25 or less to raise $100 in public support, do not hold excessive assets in reserve, have met CharityWatch's governance benchmarks, and receive "open-book" status for disclosure of basic financial information and documents to CharityWatch.
Chronicle of Philanthropy - Newspaper of the nonprofit world. The Web site offers the complete contents of the new issue, an archive of articles from the past two years, and more than four years' worth of grant listings - all fully searchable. Along with news, it offers such service features as lists of grants, fundraising ideas and techniques, statistics, reports on tax and court rulings, summaries of books, and a calendar of events. Also see Chronicle of Philanthropy research into How America Gives.
Conservative Transparency - Investigates conservative foundation support for ideologically-based scholarly, university programs, and think tanks. Provides news, opinion, analysis and investigative data related to links between conservative think-tanks, funding sources and influence in the media.
Council on Foundations - Provides a wide variety of services primarily for endowed, grantmaking organizations throughout the United States and in foreign countries.
Disaster Accountability Project - Improving disaster management systems through public accountability,
citizen oversight and engagement, and policy research and advocacy.
Foundation Center - The leading authority in the U.S. on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants - a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level.
GiveDirectly - Locates extremely poor communities using publicly available data. It then sends field staff door-to-door to digitally collect data on poverty and enroll recipients. GiveDirectly targets households using criteria that vary by region, including aggregating a range of factors or looking at housing materials. Uses a set of independent checks to verify that recipients are eligible and do not pay bribes. Calls each recipient to verify receipt of funds, to flag issues, and to assess its own customer service.
Giving Institute - Member Firms of Giving Institute are organized to provide professional services as described in the Standards of Membership, Standards of Practice and the Professional Code of Ethics to not-for-profit organizations. Giving Institute seeks to educate and engage members in the ethical delivery of counsel and related services to non-profits through research, advocacy, and best practices.
GiveWell - An independent, nonprofit charity evaluator.
GuideStar - Gathers and publicizes information about nonprofit organizations.
HistPhil - A web publication on the history of the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, with a particular emphasis on how history can shed light on contemporary philanthropic issues and practice.
Inside Philanthropy - Reporting how foundations and major donors are giving away their money, and why.
Nonprofit Watch - Investigates public interest groups and raises issues regarding transparency, conflicts of interest, and accountability within the nonprofit community.
Philanthropy News Digest - A weekly news service of the Foundation Center, is a compendium, in digest form, of philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic media outlets nationwide.
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