Donors

Individuals

Giving to charity does not have to be a guessing game. There are resources available, many of them for free, that can give you important information about a charity’s mission and practices.

The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance: This site provides you with information on the national charities reviewed against the BBB’s 20 Standards for Charitable Accountability. In addition, this site can link you to local BBB’s, many of which review charities in their area. One of the largest local BBB programs is located at the Metro New York BBB (www.newyork.bbb.org). This program reviews charities in and around Manhattan.

Charity Navigator: This is the site of the largest charity evaluation services with reports on thousands of charities. Charity Navigator uses financial information to rank charities against their peers.

Guidestar: This site provides adobe acrobat versions of the IRS Form 990 – the tax filing for exempt organizations – for almost all charitable organizations required to file such information. In addition, the site provides additional information provided by many charities on their operations and management. For a fee, visitors can also receive analyst reports on charities.

Philanthropic Advisors: Your lawyer, accountant, financial planner or investment manager should be able to assist you in structuring any significant charitable contribution you make. There are advantageous financial structures and charitable tools that can help you make the most of your gifts to charity.

 

The Philanthropy Hub

The experts at the Philanthropy Hub can help you feel confident about your charitable contributions. Depending on your needs and the size of your intended gift, we can do the leg work of identifying and researching charities for you. Services include:

  • Charity Check: Researching a specific charity for you, providing a detailed report on its financial operations and practices, using either publicly available information or by contacting the organization and requesting non-public information. Similar to an analysts report on a publicly traded company, these reports are designed to help you make an informed ‚Äúsocial investment‚Äù in the right charity.
  • Philanthropy Assessment: We can identify one or more charities to support by working with you to identify both the causes that are important to you and the charities that are working in these areas.For more information on these services, please contact us at info@philanthropyhub.com.


Foundations & Corporations

Grantmaking seems to be getting more and more complicated. It can be overwhelming for smaller foundations and corporations to navigate the philanthropic sphere, especially when they do not have the resources to dedicate staff to such activities. But there are informational sites and membership associations that can help even the most modest grantmakers make the most of their gifts.

The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving AllianceThis site provides you with information on the national charities reviewed against the BBB’s 20 Standards for Charitable Accountability. In addition, this site can link you to local BBB’s, many of which review charities in their area. One of the largest local BBB programs is located at the Metro New York BBB (www.newyork.bbb.org). This program reviews charities in and around Manhattan.

Charity Navigator This is the site of the largest charity evaluation services with reports on thousands of charities. Charity Navigator uses financial information to rank charities against their peers.

Guidestar This site provides adobe acrobat versions of the IRS Form 990 – the tax filing for exempt organizations – for almost all charitable organizations required to file such information. In addition, the site provides additional information provided by many charities on their operations and management. For a fee, visitors can also receive analyst reports on charities.

Membership Organizations
The Giving Forum This site is for the national umbrella of organization for regional associations of grantmakers, which it defines as formally organized, staffed and full-service regional membership associations representing thousands of “financial stake holders” and covering virtually all of the United States . In addition to providing a “regional association locator” the site can also connect potential funders with “networks” of others interested in the same cause or issues. The site also provides general information to assist grant makers make more informed gifts.

The Council on Foundations This is the site for an international membership organization of foundations and corporate giving programs. A great deal of information on philanthropy in general and events for grantmakers can also be found at the site.

Special Focus Membership Groups
Association of Small Foundations
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

The Philanthropy Hub

The experts at the Philanthropy Hub can help you feel confident about your charitable contributions. Depending on your needs and the size of the intended gift or grant, we can do the leg work of identifying and researching charities for you. Services include:

  • Charity Check: Researching a specific charity for you, providing a detailed report on its financial operations and practices, using either publicly available information or by contacting the organization and requesting non-public information. Similar to an analysts report on a publicly traded company, these reports are designed to help you make an informed ‚Äúsocial investment‚Äù in the right charity.This is often a quick and cost effective way for family foundations and small businesses to feel confident about sponsoring a charity event or buying a table or journal ad at a gala.
  • Philanthropy Assessment: We can identify one or more charities to support by working with you to identify the causes that are aligned with your mission, focus, business area or clients/customers. We can also identify and narrow the potential grant recipients working in these areas.This is useful for younger foundations and companies new to making significant charitable contributions.
  • Staff Training: The experts and trainers at the Philanthropy Hub can work with your staff to improve their charity researching abilities by teaching them:
    • How to find a reputable charity in your area and/or field of interest.
    • What documents a potential grant recipient should provide and why.
    • How to read a charity’s financial statement and/or IRS Form 990.
  • Grant Recipient Trainings: The experienced trainers at the Philanthropy Hub can provide customized trainings for your grant recipients on a wide variety of management topics, ranging from the basics of budgeting to best practices in board participation. These trainings are a cost effective way to maximize the impact your donations have at the charities you support.

For more information on these services, please contact us at info@philanthropyhub.com

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