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Sorting Out Nonprofit Pairs

Donors are often confused by nonprofit pairs. These are related charities whose names often look very similar but that are legally separate organizations. Such groups often share employees and other resources -- in some cases the same office space and address. Donors are often confused about the differences between related charities and why it matters which charity they donate to.

F Rated Charities Awarded Best in America Seal

Ubiquitous on charity web sites is a ribbon-style seal that in large type reads "BEST IN AMERICA," features five stars across the top edge, and indicates that the charity awarded the seal is "certified by Independent Charities of America" (ICA). Many donors may view such a seal as a reflection of how efficiently a particular charity will use their donations, and assume that it represents an independent endorsement of a charity from an outside organization. While ICA may refer to its member charities as "Best in America," some donors may be disappointed to learn that ICA is funded by the very charities that use its seal, and that ICA generally does not screen charities for financial efficiency.

Our Veterans Deserve Better from America's Charities

With over 20,000 Americans wounded in the ongoing Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and as many as 200,000 homeless veterans which account for one-third of the adult homeless population, veterans and military charities need to accomplish as much as they can with our donations.

Veterans Charities Protest Their F's

AIP's ratings have recently received wide exposure from Congress and the media; particularly AIP's appearance on the front page of The Washington Post, on editorial pages of The New York Times and on ABC and CBS News programs. This has resulted in loud complaints about AIP's rating system from a number of veterans organizations. Three of the most vocal critics have been from the following AIP F rated groups: AMVETS National Service Foundation, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation.

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Can You Spot Nonprofit Accounting Tricks?

Barron’s is urging donors “to be as rigorous in vetting nonprofits for accounting chicanery as you are with public companies trading on the stock exchanges.” Since nonprofits have the room to use "some fast accounting moves," it's up to donors "to ferret out such bad accounting practices.” CharityWatch helps donors see through nonprofit “accounting tricks.”

(Illustration credit: Brad Yeo for Barron's)

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