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Web Sites


American Institute of Philanthropy
A-Z List of Charities
http://www.charitywatch.org/azlist.html
AIP offers ratings on the following organizations in its Charity Rating Guide. AIP considers a group's willingness to provide basic documents to serious donors as an important factor in one's giving decision. These documents include an annual report, complete audited financial statements, and Internal Revenue Service form 990, with Schedule A where applicable.
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American Institute of Philanthropy
Charity Watch
http://www.charitywatch.org/
Grades charities based on the percentage of contributions used for charity versus fund raising and administration.
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America's Charities
http://www.charities.org
A coalition of more than 80 health, education, environment, human-services, and civil and human-rights charities.
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Capital Area United Way
http://www.micauw.org/
The purpose of the Capital Area United Way, as described in its bylaws, is to provide local employers, employees and other donors a cost-effective system to address community health and human service needs through charitable gifts of time money and goods.
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Charity Channel
http://charitychannel.com/
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Charity Choice: The Encyclopedia of Charities on the Net
http://www.charitychoice.co.uk/
Provides an online directory of charities in the United Kingdom.
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CharityChoices.com
http://www.charitablechoices.org/default.asp
Here are the inspiring stories of 300+ charities, all of which have met the Combined Federal Campaign's 10 accountability standards, including low overhead. You can make an online donation to many of them.
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Charity Navigator
http://www.charitynavigator.org/
Rates more than 1700 charities, using financial data to analyze the charity's health.
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Earth Share
http://www.earthshare.org
A coalition of over 40 environmental and conservation organizations.
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Ebase
http://www.ebase.org
Developed by Desktop Assistance, a non-profit group in Helena, Mont., Ebase is a free data base program that allows charities to keep track of such information as how much money donors have contributed to the group, the topics on which activists want information, and how people prefer to be contacted. Non-profit groups can also e-mail members and donors directly from the program. Ebase can be downloaded free, but to make modifications to the data base, charities must own FileMaker Pro.
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Give.org
BBB Wise Giving Alliance
http://www.give.org/
A merger of the National Charities Information Bureau and the Council of Better Business Bureaus' Foundation and its Philanthropic Advisory Service.
Check out the Charity Reports Index listing the current BBB Wise Giving Alliance reports on charities and other soliciting organizations.
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Global Impact: International Service Agencies
http://www.charity.org
A coalition of the nation's leading international relief and development organizations. ISA's mission is to help people overseas and in the U.S. who suffer from hunger, poverty and disease or from the ravages of war, oppression and natural disasters by raising awareness and funds in the workplace.
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GuideStar : Donors' Guide to Charities and Nonprofits
http://www.guidestar.org/
Donors and philanthropists can now more easily compare and monitor organizations to which they may contribute, while nonprofit organizations can perhaps spend less of their resources on fundraising. These are the goals of Philanthropic Research, Inc's GuideStar, a clearinghouse of information on more than 600,000 charities and nonprofit organizations. GuideStar hosts a searchable database, a newsletter, employment and volunteer opportunity listings, and valuable articles in addition to lists of links for both donors and nonprofit organizations. Database information includes brief descriptions of the charities/nonprofits and their programs, funding sources, geographic location(s), and income/asset statements. GuideStar derives its information from 990 tax submissions to the IRS as well as directly from the nonprofit organizations themselves. For more information, contact Kim Reardon, kreardon@seva.net; (804) 229-4631. [Also listed under Charities]
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Idealist.org
http://www.idealist.org/search/advanced?search_type=org&prepop=1&all_initial_sort=published_date
Try the organization search engine.
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Independent Charities of America
http://www.independentcharities.org/
This site will help you find organizations that meet your interests, present information about their missions and programs, and link you to their web sites and/or email. Postal addresses, telephone, and fax numbers are also provided here. Entries are sorted out into categories such as : Animal, Children, Education, Environment, Health and Medical Research, Human Rights, Human Service, International Relief, Military-Patriotic, and Women. The site also offers key word searching and an online secure giving if you wish to make a donation.
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IRS Charities and Nonprofits Page
http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits
The IRS provides all kinds of tax information. Be sure to type in "78" to retrieve Publication 78, Search for Exempt Organizations. This online version of Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations, is intended to assist you in learning if an organization is exempt from federal taxation and, if so, determining how much of your contributions to that organization are tax deductible.
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JustGive.org
http://www.justgive.org
Useful tool for identifying charities working in various states or on international basis. Note browse category.
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Michigan Licensed Charities and Their Fundraisers
http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164-17278-45043--,00.html
Courtesy of the Office of the Attorney General.
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The National Center for Charitable Statistics, or NCCS
http://nccs.urban.org
Sponsored by the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, this new web site offers a wealth of practical resources: summaries of national and state tables on the number, size and scope of charitable organizations; a database of 164,000 public charities with public support, total expenses and total assets for 1992 (the database is searchable by state and NTEE organization classification code, and up to 1,000 records can be extracted in a single query); and a selected bibliography, links to other sites and data dictionaries for other files available from NCCS. Within the next couple of months, NCCS plans to expand the site to include more summary tables, more financial variables, all databases as well as additional resources for nonprofit researchers and policymakers. For more information, contact Tom Pollak, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at 202-857-8536 or send e-mail to tpollak@ui.urban.org.
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Charitable Donations: Give or Take?
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0074-giving-charity
Your charity dollars are an investment in your community, the nation and the world. It's wise to use just as much caution when making your charitable giving decisions as you do when making other decisions affecting your overall financial picture.
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Hey You, Deep Pockets. Do You Know Who You're Helping?
http://www.cnn.com/TECH/9612/19/site.seer.charities/index.html
Reviews major sources for checking up on nonprofits. Source: CNN Interactive, Site Seer Review, December 19, 1996.
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How Do We Rate Charities
http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=1284
We rate charities by evaluating two broad areas of performance; their Financial Health and their Accountability & Transparency. Our ratings show givers how efficiently we believe a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and their level of commitment to being accountable and transparent. In the not-too-distant future, we plan to also rate charities' reporting of their results. We provide these ratings so that givers can make intelligent giving decisions, and so that the philanthropic community can more effectively monitor itself. Courtesy of Charity Navigator.
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How to Find a Charity's Assets, Liabilities, Other Financials, and Accounting Information
https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-to-Find-a-Charitys/237182?cid=cpfd_rsrc
Use this guide as a quick reference to find important information on nonprofit groups from the forms they’re required to file with the Internal Revenue Service.
Source : Chronicle of Philanthropy, August 9, 2016. Note: The MSU Libraries provide full access to the Chronicle of Philanthropy for the MSU Community.
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Mining the 990: A Guide to Gleaning Key Data From Charities’ Tax Forms
https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/toolkit/mining-the-990-a-guide-to-gle/104?cid=cpfd_rsrc
Source : Chronicle of Philanthropy, August 9, 2016. Note: The MSU Libraries provide full access to the Chronicle of Philanthropy for the MSU Community.
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Books


Annual Charity Index. Arlington, Va. : Council of Better Business Bureaus, Philanthropic Advisory Service, annual. HV85 .A73
Latest editions in Funding Center (1 East)
Also check out web page for more recent information.
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A Guide for Giving 250 Charities and How They Use Your Money. Howard Gershen. New York, N.Y. : Pantheon Books, 1990. 341pp. Funding Center (1 East) HV97 .A3 G47 1990

 


Michigan Attorney General's Office Information Resources


Michigan Attorney General's Office: Charitable Giving
http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164-17334_18095---,00.html
Provides an overview of the Attorney General's legal responsibilities concerning charities in the state of Michigan and how to go about registering a charity in the state of Michigan. The web site also includes a number of informational brochures, including:

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For more information about charities or other nonprofit organizations in Michigan, contact:
Consumer Protection & Charitable Trusts Section
Office of the Attorney General
P. O. Box 30214
Lansing, MI 48909
Telephone: (517) 373-1152
Fax: (517) 335-1935


The Charitable Trusts Section can provide copies of nonprofit or charity tax returns for a fee. Call to Find out the cost.
Charitable Trusts Section
Office of the Attorney General
P. O. Box 30214
Lansing, MI 48909
Telephone: (517) 373-1152
Fax: (517) 335-1935  


U.S. Internal Revenue Service Information


How to Apply to the IRS for Charity Certification
http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/irscert.htm
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