Ann Castle's Women in Philanthropy Resource Page
- Ongoing research for, and hosting of the Women in
Philanthropy site established by Ann Castle is now
provided by the University of Michigan Office of
Better Business Bureaus' Wise Giving Alliance: A
merger of the National Charities Information Bureau
and the Council of Better Business Bureaus'
Foundation and its Philanthropic Advisory Service
provides reports on charitable organizations.
Charity Navigator - This independent charity
navigator works to advance a more efficient and
responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating
the financial health of America's largest charities.
Disclosure Laws - Almost all tax-exempt
organizations are now required to provide public
access in a timely fashion to their most recent
three years of federal tax returns and to their
original Application for Recognition of Exemption.
The Internet Nonprofit Center does a good job of
explaining how nonprofits should respond to these
kinds of requests. See also,
"Behind Closed Doors: A Citizens Guide to
Investigating Nonprofit Organizations", by Jean
Field (This is on old article now archived on the
Wayback Machine web site).
Donors Forum of Wisconsin - The Donors Forum of
Wisconsin mission is to advance philanthropy through
membership, professional development, networking,
collaboration, public policy and leadership. For
more than 20 years, the Donors Forum of Wisconsin
has been a statewide resource for philanthropy.
Form 990 Web Site Project - This site
demonstrates the ability to store and retrieve Form
990 submissions. All sizable nonprofit organizations
must submit a completed Form 990 annually. Many
state governments also rely on the 990 for nonprofit
Fundraising Productivity Series a helpful
resource for thinking about which charities merit
your support . This resource is located in a new
section of "The Nonprofit Files" maintained by
Putnam Barber's Information for Nonprofits
Generous Giving - This web site has an
outstanding list of links to articles describing
general philanthropy trends
Guidestar: At this site, a donor can search
guideStar's on-line database for a report on a
nonprofit organization by its location, revenue, key
word or activity field. "Just as you wouldn't invest
money in a company you don't know anything about, a
donor shouldn't give money to an organization
without understanding its objectives, values, and
effectiveness", says PRI president Arthur Schmidt
Jr. Caution: Data base is based on IRS data from
form 990 (or a financial statement if revenue is
below $25,000). Some of the data is old (1992), and
many small organizations have less then $25,000 in
iGive.com: Now you can support your favorite
worthy cause while you shop on line.
Internet Nonprofit Center: Has a searchable
database of nonprofits that have filed for
tax-exempt status with the IRS.
IRS Non-Profit List: The IRS now has an online
version of Publication 78, Cumulative List of
Organizations. It is intended to assist you in
learning if an organization is exempt from federal
taxation and, if so, determining how much of your
contributions to that organization are tax
Learning to Give (formerly the K-12 Education in
Philanthropy Project) - Learning to Give seeks to
perpetuate a civil society by:
educating children about the independent sector
(knowledge), developing behavior and philanthropic
experience (skills), and, stimulating private
voluntary citizen action for the common good
National Charities Information Bureau: Monitors
charities with budgets of $500,000 and up.
Three Guineas Fund - Promotes social justice for
women and girls by expanding access to opportunity
in education and the economy through targeted
grants. The foundation was named after Virginia
Woolf's 1938 book, "Three Guineas," to reflect the
fund's mission and theory of change. In the essay,
Woolf responds to three requests for a guinea-a
British gold coin-one for building a women's
college, one for promoting women's employment, and
one to prevent war and protect intellectual liberty.
Women & Philanthropy Association - An
association of grantmakers, women and men who
recognize that effective solutions to our most
pressing societal issues cannot be developed without
specific attention to the critical needs and
distinctive talents of all women.
Women In Philanthropy Institute - Inspires,
educates and encourages women to effect change in
the world through philanthropy.
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