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CharityWatch, founded 25 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 Fooled By Name Rip-off Charity Scams

How much harm could there really be in confusing the names of two charities Confusing a poorly-run charity for a...


Conflicts of Interest Are a Red Flag for Donors: Some Charity Insiders May Take Unfair Advantage of Their Position

The recent media attention given to conflicts of interest may have a political lean but managing conflicts of interest has...


WonderWork Co-Founder is No Mr. Wonderful

Brian Mullaney the man who for charities like Smile Train and WonderWork popularized the dubious fundraising advertising claim of to...


Aid Charity’s 95% Program Claim Is ‘Unfair and Deceptive’

The California Attorney General has accused Food For The Poor of using an unfair and deceptive program percentage statement in...


"CharityWatch has warned in advance of coming scandals at Feed the Children, Central Asia Institute, and Wounded Warrior Project. "

Barrons, 06/18/2016

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"Circle of Friends for American Veterans and the Center for American Homeless Veterans, received 'Fs' from CharityWatch, a nonprofit organization that uses an A+ to F scale to rate nonprofits based on their financial transparency and spending habits. 'It's somewhat of a minefield for donors to locate a high-performing veterans charity,' said Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch. "

The Center for Public Integrity, 12/13/2017

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