Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Determining the Strength of Individual Nonprofit Organizations

On June 15, I attended the Charities Review Council's luncheon as a guest of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. During the luncheon, I had the opportunity to hear from Ken Berger, CEO of Charity Navigator, who shared his ideas and views on the importance of responsibility and transparency in the nonprofit sector as well as steps charities need to take in order to achieve good governance. Charity Navigator, a national organization, is similar to Charities Review Council in that they both analyze nonprofit organizations.

Charity Navigator focuses on the financial health of organizations and provides ratings in terms of how responsibly it functions day-to-day as well as how well positioned it is to sustain its programs over time. The Charities Review Council focuses on structure (policies, practices & procedures) when measuring organizations to determine the trustworthiness of a charity. The blend of both of these organizations can be very useful in determining the effectiveness of an organization.

View a video of his presentation as well as the corresponding power point.

Kathy Grochow, NRS, St. Cloud

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