Originally Posted by coaster
Lakeriedog - I use mostly Charity Navigator and the organization's own Form 990, since Guidestar doesn't give out much info to free-service subscribers. Are there any other sources you use for financial stewardship info? Thanks.....
The Better Business Bureau and the California Attorney General's Office has some good info on the larger organized charities, and I ask for information in print if in doubt. I considered giving to an animal rescue group that recently opened up a storefront operation in the town where I live, but they didn't reply to my written request for information. They could be doing some good work, but I just didn't feel comfortable giving if they wouldn't even reply to my request.
Since I am just a blue collar working stiff, and spend my money just as fast as I make it...
I make my larger donations through an organized charitable giving campaign we have at work. It's easier for me to just set an amount for the year and have it deducted from my wages. They give us a four page list of charities, plus you can write in a specific charity as long as it is a non-profit organization.http://www.give.org/http://ag.ca.gov/charities/