BEWARE OF THE DOG: How to Improve Your Nonprofit Organization’s Charity Watchdog Rating (Part 2)

For better or for worse, charity watchdogs (CWDs) play a substantial role in any nonprofit’s reputation. CWDs rate 501(3)(c) public charities based on certain criteria, and both individuals and companies often use those ratings to decide whether to donate to a specific nonprofit organization. Positive ratings often provide a sense of credibility and trustworthiness to…

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What is a Charitable Solicitation License and Do I Really Need Another License?

If your organization asks for donations, guess what? Most states would say you’re engaging in fundraising activities and, if they think you’re engaging in fundraising, they’ll subject you to regulation. An overwhelming number of states regulate fundraising activities through something called a Charitable Solicitation License (CSL). Although it means more forms and another license, it’s designed to provide donors with transparency and to protect the public from misrepresentation and fraud. Each state has its own…

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