Originally Posted by Sunset
But you can know.
There are websites that rate very carefully LOTS of charities, and if a charity is not rated, I have to think its because they are pocketing the money. ... https://www.charitynavigator.org/
Please consider thinking again. : )
Charity Navigator has criteria for which charities get rated.
Just because a charity is not rated doesn't imply they are unworthy. It may just be small or relatively new. No rating at all is NOT the same as a bad rating.
From this web site:
Currently, there are over 1.57 million nonprofits registered in the U.S. This website includes a listing for each and every one of them, but Charity Navigator's analysts only apply our objective rating methodology to a subset of those nonprofits. We use the following guidelines for choosing which charities to rate:
Tax Status: The organization must be registered as a 501(c) (3) public charity and file a Form 990.
Revenue: The charity must have generated at least $1 million in revenue for two consecutive years.
Length of Operations: The organization must have been in existence, with corresponding Forms 990, for at least seven years.
Location: While we only rate charities based in the U.S. and registered with the IRS, the scope of a charity's work can be international. In fact, we rate more than a thousand charities that have an international aspect to their work.
Public Support: The charity must have at least $500,000 in public support. Public support must account for at least 40% of total revenue for at least two consecutive years.
Fundraising Expenses: The charity must have at least 1% of its expenses allocated to fundraising for three consecutive years.
Administrative Expenses: The charity must have at least 1% of its expenses allocated to administrative expense for three consecutive years.
NOTE: While we strive to rate all types of charities so that donors with different types of philanthropic passions can find a charity to support, we've determined that we cannot evaluate certain types of charities. Therefore, we are no longer adding ratings for:
Hospitals and Hospital Foundations
Universities, Colleges, Private Elementary and Secondary Schools, and their Foundations
Sorority and Fraternity Foundations
Donor Advised Funds
Charities with CN Advisories