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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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"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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