Resources for Donors

The following resources are listed for your convenience and reference only, and should not be considered an endorsement by the Secretary of State. We believe these links may be helpful; the Secretary of State's Office is not responsible for their content or accuracy.

Charity Watchdogs

  • American Institute of Philanthropy
    A charity “watchdog” service that provides ratings and reviews over 500 charities after evaluating the financial health of these charities. Their goal is to promote wise giving decisions.
  • Better Business Bureau, Alaska, Oregon & Western Washington
    A private, nonprofit organization that aids consumers and business by supplying reports on the reliability of companies and charities. The BBB also provides information about scams and fraudulent business behavior.
  • BBB Wise Giving Alliance 
    The alliance evaluates charities that are subject of donor inquires based on the voluntary council of Better Business Bureau standards for Charitable Solicitations. The alliance provides information about specific charities and offers a Wise Giving Guide
  • Charity Navigator
    A private, independent organization that evaluates and provides ratings and reviews on over 5300 charities after assessing the financial health of these charities.
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
    An accreditation agency which helps Christian, nonprofit organizations establish standard for financial accountability, fundraising and board governance.
  • Foundation Center
    The Center maintains a comprehensive database for basic information about private and community foundation in the United States. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at a variety of levels.
  • GuideStar
    View and/or download copies of organizations IRS 990 information returns. GuideStar provides information on the programs, activities and finances of more than 640,000 nonprofit organizations, the latest news on philanthropy, and resources for donors and nonprofits.
  • Ministry Watch
    An independent donor advocate facilitating the information needs of donors and offers an online database that profiles faith based charities and reports on nonprofit ministries.
  • National Center for Charitable Statistics, The Urban Institute
    NCCS is a national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States.

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