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CharityWatch, founded more than 20 years ago as the American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), is America's most independent, assertive charity watchdog. CharityWatch does not merely repeat what a charity reports using simplistic or automated formulas. We dive deep to let you know how efficiently a charity will use your donation to fund the programs you want to support. CharityWatch exposes nonprofit abuses and advocates for your interests as a donor.

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Don't Be Misled by Deceptive Charity Efficiency Claims

As a donor which of the two claims below would be more likely to persuade you to make a charitable...


Donors' Intentions Violated at For-profit Thrift Stores

When you donate unwanted clothes or household goods to a charity for resale at thrift stores just how much of...


Robo-caller for Popular Charities Fined $1 Million for Multiple Violations

What do American Center for Law and Justice Environmental Defense Fund Foundation Fighting Blindness Mothers Against Drunk Driving MADD NARAL...


Long Running Family Charity Scheme Exposed

Unfortunately for most of us we have been touched personally by cancer in some way That makes it all the...


"All four of the charities that the Federal Trade Commission is suing received an 'F' rating from CharityWatch-and a web search may have prevented millions of dollars from being funneled to these organizations."

Jeffrey H. Joseph, George Washington University Professor, in Forbes, 6/15/2015

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"'I'm [CharityWatch's president] glad to see our government regulators are putting a stop to these four outfits that for too long have been misleading the public and wasting millions of our charitable dollars ... This is a significant action, but it's the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot of other problems like this out there. ... I hope they continue to go after some of these questionable operators.' "

The Washington Post, 5/19/2015

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