Magazine article Whole Earth

Philanthropy Guidance

Magazine article Whole Earth

Philanthropy Guidance

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Several organizations provide help to donors wanting to assess their potential beneficiaries. Most have checklists of standards (such as accuracy of reporting, consistency of activities with stated purposes, and percentage of expenses spent on program activities). Most also maintain websites.

Give ... But Give Wisely

Philanthropic Advisory Service of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. $12 (four issues). CBBB, Department 023, Washington, DC 20042-0023; 800/575-GIVE, www.bbb.org.

Quarterly newsletter includes short feature articles (such as "Celebrities and Charities") and a checklist for "most-asked-about" national charities.

Wise Giving Guide

National Charities Information Bureau. An annual contribution of $35 or more entitles members to the quarterly Guide and up to three detailed reports on currently evaluated charities; additional reports are available for $3.50 each. NCIB, 19 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003; 212/929-6300.www.give.org.

GuideStar

www.guidestar.org.

Offers information on more than 600,000 American charities and nonprofit organizations, along with philanthropy news stories, classified ads, and links to other resources.

Women's Philanthropy Institute News

Andrea Kominski, Executive Director. $40/year (four issues). 1605 Monroe Street, Suite 105, Madison, WI 53711-2025; 608/286-0980, www.womenphilanthropy.org.

Though they own more than half the investment wealth in the US, women have often not been seen (or seen themselves) as powerful philanthropic forces. …

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