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USHERING IN A NEW ERA OF ACCOUNTABILITY Introducing Accountability Wizard 3.0

Nonprofit and Philanthropic Work is Changing Nonprofits are calling for new solutions, and donors want to engage with causes in exciting, impactful ways. Last spring, we asked for your help in re-visioning our Accountability Standards® to ensure that they remain responsive to these changing needs of donors and nonprofits. We used the widely respected Accountability Standards® as a foundation for community conversation, assessment, and innovation. And we learned a great deal along the way. Through surveys, focus groups and expert dialogue sessions, we engaged a diverse community of nonprofit leaders, donors, grantmakers and academics to discuss what makes a truly strong nonprofit organization well-positioned to make a difference in our ever-changing community. The new Accountability Standards® are truly co-created to help nonprofits and donors usher in a new era of accountability. Some of the changes include condensing certain standards to ensure consistency, shifting the Financial Health Standard to include measurement of the process, and altering the Diversity and Inclusivity Standard to be more descriptive and future-focused. We are confident that these changes make the standards even more meaningful and useful for today’s donors and nonprofits, who deliver the greater good in partnership.

We invite you to view the full revisions and download a copy of the revised Accountability Standards® on our website at

To go with the revised standards, Charities Review Council launched new and improved Accountability Wizard® software, known as Accountability Wizard 3.0. The Accountability Wizard® is the tool that nonprofits use to measure their internal practices and policies against the Accountability Standards®. It is a risk free, time tested, education-based assessment that leads organizations to greater strength, efficacy, and to the achievement of the Meets Standards® seal. This proprietary cloud-based capacity building system is the only one in existence.

New Features Accountability Wizard® 3.0 is more streamlined and user-friendly, providing enhanced tools and resources to allow nonprofit organizations of all shapes and sizes to move through the process more quickly and easily. The interface now allows nonprofits to customize their experience to best fit their needs. Council staff are available to provide technical assistance at the click of a button via an online messaging service. We are confident these changes will make the Accountability Wizard® review process accessible to more nonprofit organizations, building a stronger and more effective nonprofit sector.

Tools for Building Strong Partnerships Charities Review Council works to build strong relationships between donors and nonprofits so the whole community can thrive. We are committed to continuously improving, taking steps to ensure that nonprofits and donors have the tools to work together to deliver the greater good. That is why we’ve implemented the Accountability Standards® bi-annual review and development process, along with the upgraded Accountability Wizard®. As we work to mobilize engaged, informed donors, and strong, accountable nonprofits, the Accountability Standards and the Accountability Wizard are excellent tools both donors and nonprofits can use together to build collective impact.

IN THIS ISSUE Spring 2014 • Ushering in a New Era of Accountability • Status Update with Kris Kewitsch • Giving Guide 2014 • Measuring Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: An interview with Ampersand Families • Save the Date: Annual Forum 2014 • Remembering Harold B. Adams Three Easy Ways to Check Out Charity Reviews Before Giving

Giving Guide 2014

Check out the Giving Guide on page 3 of this newsletter for a list of reviewed charities.

Call (651) 224-7030 or (800) 733-GIVE



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STATUS UPDATE WITH KRIS KEWITSCH Dear Friends, We’ve had an exciting spring at Charities Review Council. With a new strategic plan, revised and co-created Accountability Standards and a new and improved Accountability Wizard, we are thrilled to usher in a new era of Accountability by bringing more donors and nonprofits together to strengthen our community. Our cover article outlines the exciting changes we’re making, and as you flip through this issue of the Giving Guide, you will see how the Accountability Standards continue to build the strength and impact of more nonprofits than ever before. Be sure to read the highlight of how Ampersand Families is successfully implementing the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Standard to better serve their mission of recruiting and supporting permanent families for older youth. As our demographic landscape continues to shift, this standard is becoming increasingly important in ensuring that nonprofits are representative and inclusive of the communities they serve. Nonprofits are stronger when they nurture creativity and equity by including a variety of experiences, perspectives, and skills in their work. Be sure to save the date for our expanded 2014 Annual Forum in September (see details on Page 8). In addition to the luncheon, we are planning a morning discussion workshop and an afternoon ‘pitch session’ where nonprofits will have the opportunity to share their innovative ideas and receive donor support on the spot. We love the opportunity to bring donors and nonprofits together face-to-face, to not only talk about ways to improve our communities, but to put those thoughts and ideas into action. If you would like to get involved in this year’s Annual Forum, please contact our Engagement and Development Manager, Kate Khaled at Thank you for all you do to support the impactful work happening in our communities. In partnership,

Kris Kewitsch Executive Director Charities Review Council P.S. Please check our website ( in July 2014 for our audited financial statements, updated IRS form 990 and our 2013 Annual Report.

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How to Use This Guide How does a nonprofit get listed as “Most Trustworthy”?

Accountability Standards

This go-to list features nonprofits that have voluntarily participated in our review and met all of our Accountability Standards®, thus earning our Meets Standards seal. The review is valid for three years and requires a small administrative payment.

Our Accountability Standards consist of 25 standards, which address a nonprofit’s performance in four critical areas: public disclosure, governance, financial activity, and fundraising. The standards have evolved over the Council’s 68 years, with broad participation from Minnesota’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities, to reflect reasonable public expectations of nonprofits. Find out more about the Standards at

Are you looking for a nonprofit that isn’t listed?

This list reflects the latest review results as of April 1, 2014. If a nonprofit is not listed, it is either unreviewed or has not completed its review. If a nonprofit has not been reviewed, encourage the organization to sign up for a review.

Charities Review Council determined that the organization meets all Accountability Standards®. Real-time up-to-date nonprofit listings available online at

Giving Guide Spring 2014 A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation

Bancroft Neighborhood Association

Channel One, Inc.

Access Justice

Banyan Community

Child Care Aware of Minnesota

 CES (Athletes Committed to A Educating Students)

 asic Needs Inc. of South Washington B County / Stone Soup Thrift Shop

Child Care Choices, Inc.


Be The Match Foundation


 ig Brothers Big Sisters of the B Greater Twin Cities

African Development Center African Families Development Network Aitkin County CARE, Inc. Alexandra House, Inc. Alliance for Metropolitan Stability Alliance Housing Incorporated ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter, The Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota – North Dakota American Refugee Committee Amherst H. Wilder Foundation Ampersand Families Angel Foundation Animal Humane Society Anna Marie’s Alliance Annex Teen Clinic  A  RAHA (American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa) Arc Greater Twin Cities, The  rthritis Foundation – A Upper Midwest Region Ascension Place, Inc. Asian Media Access Association for Nonsmokers – Minnesota

Bolder Options Books For Africa, Inc.  oy Scouts of America, B Northern Star Council

ChildFund International Children’s Cancer Research Fund Children’s Dental Services Children’s Home Society of Minnesota Children’s Theatre Company Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester Christian Appalachian Project

Bridge for Youth, The

Civic Caucus

Bridges of Hope

College Possible


Common Hope

Camp Fire Minnesota

CommonBond Communities

Camp Odayin

 ommunity Action Partnership of C Ramsey & Washington Counties

Can Do Canines Cancer Legal Line (New Organization) CAPI USA CaringBridge Carmen Pampa Fund  atholic Charities of St. Paul C and Minneapolis  atholic Charities of the Diocese C of St. Cloud  enter for Nonprofit Excellence C & Social Innovation (New Organization)

 ommunity Action Partnership of C Suburban Hennepin Community Dental Care Community Health Charities Minnesota Community Involvement Programs  ommunity Mediation & Restorative C Services, Inc. Community Thread Como Friends Conflict Resolution Center

Center for Victims of Torture

Conservation Corps

Central Minnesota Arts Board

Cookie Cart

Centro Campesino Inc


Centro, Inc.

Cornerstone Advocacy Service



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Giving Guide – continued

Can’t find a charity?

See page 3 for information or call us at (651) 224-7030.

Spring 2014  ouncil on American-Islamic Relations, C Minnesota (CAIR-MN) Courage Center Crisis Line and Referral Service CROSS CrossingBarriers Cuyuna Range Youth Center, Inc. Dads Make a Difference Dakota Woodlands Damiano of Duluth, Inc. DARTS Diversity Council Dodge Nature Center Donations For Education Douglas County Car Care Program Eagan Resource Center East Side Learning Center East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc. Eastside Meals on Wheels, Inc. ECHO Minnesota Ecolibrium3 (New Organization) Educate Tanzania (New Organization) ElderCircle Emerge Community Development Emma Norton Services Environmental Initiative Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota Episcopal Community Services Erik’s Ranch & Retreats (New Organization) Eye-Link Foundation (New Organization)  ace to Face Health & F Counseling Service, Inc. Fairview Foundation  aith Community Nurse Network F of the Greater Twin Cities

Friends of the Hennepin County Library

Jewish Family Service of St. Paul

Friends of the Mississippi River

Joseph’s Coat, Inc.

Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries

Joyce Preschool

 ay-Lesbian-Bisexual Transgender G Pride Twin Cities

Jungle Theater

 irl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin G River Valleys Goodwill / Easter Seals Minnesota Great River Homes, Inc. Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery Greater Twin Cities United Way Guild Incorporated Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County Haiti Outreach, Inc. Hallie Q. Brown Community Center Hamm Clinic HandsOn Twin Cities Hastings Family Service Hazelden Foundation HealthEast Foundation Helping Hands Outreach Helping Paws, Inc. Hennepin Health Foundation HFH of Douglas County, Minnesota, Inc. Hmong Cultural Center Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota  OPE Adoption & Family Services H International, Inc. Hope Centers for Children of Africa HOPE Coalition Hope Community, Inc. House of Charity, Inc. HousingLink

Faith In Action In Red Wing

Hunger Solutions Minnesota

Faith’s Lodge

In Progress

Family Pathways

Initiative Foundation


I ntercongregation Communities Association (ICA Food Shelf)

FamilyWise Feed My Starving Children Fergus Falls Senior Citizens Program, Inc. Food for Hungry Minds Fraser Free Arts Minnesota Free To Be, Inc. Fresh Energy Freshwater Society Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

I nterfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Rochester

J unior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Inc. Kaleidoscope Place Karen Organization of Minnesota Karen Wyckoff Rein In Sarcoma Foundation Keystone Community Services Kids Against Hunger, Inc. Korean Service Center La Oportunidad Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau, Inc. Lakeshore Players Theatre Latino Economic Development Center Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers L earning Disabilities Association (LDA Minnesota) L ee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being Let’s Go Fishing With Seniors L ifeSource / Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Organization, Inc. Lifetrack Life-Work Planning Center Board, Inc. Lifeworks Services, Inc. Link, The Living Well Disability Services Loaves and Fishes Meal Programs Lupus Foundation of Minnesota Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota MAP for Nonprofits  arshall Area Young Men’s Christian M Association (YMCA) McLeod Emergency Food Shelf Mediation Services for Anoka County Mental Health Association of Minnesota Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

International Breast Milk Project

Midwest Special Services, Inc.

International Institute of Minnesota

MIGIZI Communications

Jabbok Family Services

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Jewish Community Action

Minneapolis Jewish Federation

J ewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area

Minnesota Adoption Resource Network

J ewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis

Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge Minnesota AIDS Project

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Giving Guide – continued

Can’t find a charity?

See page 3 for information or call us at (651) 224-7030.

Spring 2014 Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans  innesota Center for M Environmental Advocacy

Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council Northwest Resources for Families

RS EDEN Rum River Health Services, Inc. Rural Renewable Energy Alliance

Minnesota Children’s Museum

Northwoods Care Partners

Minnesota Computers for Schools

Open Access Connections

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 innesota Communities Caring for M Children, MN Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America

Open Arms of Minnesota

Scholarship America, Inc.

Open Door Health Center

Second Harvest Heartland

 pen Your Heart to the Hungry O and Homeless

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Minnesota Council on Economic Education Minnesota Diversified Industries Minnesota Fathers & Families Network Minnesota Home Ownership Center Minnesota Humanities Center  innesota Indian Women’s M Resource Center Minnesota International Center Minnesota Land Trust Minnesota Life College Minnesota Literacy Council, Inc.  innesota Network of Hospice M & Palliative Care  innesota Organization on M Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Inc. Minnesota Project, The  innesota Public Radio / M American Public Media Minnesota Sinfonia  innesota State Academy for M the Blind Foundation Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency  innesota Youth Intervention M Programs Association Miracles of Mitch Foundation Mississippi River Fund NAMI Minnesota NAMI Southeast Minnesota  ational Multiple Sclerosis Society, N Upper Midwest Chapter National Youth Leadership Council Nawayee Center School Neighborhood Development Center Neighborhood HealthSource Neighborhood House Neighborhood Involvement Program New Pathways, Inc. North Metro Pediatrics Northeast Youth & Family Services Northern Dental Access Center Northside Achievement Zone

Operation Living Hope Opportunity Neighborhood Opportunity Partners

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank Senior Community Services ServeMinnesota

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

 exual Assault Program of Beltrami, S Cass Hubbard Counties

PACER Center, Inc.

Sherburne County Area United Way

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc.

 ing Out Loud / Bella Voce S Young Women’s Choir

Parents United for Public Schools Park Nicollet Foundation Pathways Minneapolis  awsitive Perspectives Assistance P Dogs (PawPADs) (New Organization)

Simpson Housing Sojourner Project, Inc. Solid Ground Somali Community Resettlement Services

 eople Incorporated Mental P Health Services

 outhern Valley Alliance S for Battered Women

 eople Reaching Out to Other People P (PROP)

Southside Family Nurturing Center

People Serving People, Inc. Perspectives, Inc. Phoenix Residence Inc., The Phyllis Wheatley Community Center Pillager Family Council Pine River-Backus Family Center  lanned Parenthood Minnesota, North P Dakota, South Dakota Portico Healthnet  owderhorn Park Neighborhood P Association Progress Valley  roject FINE (Focus on Integrating P Newcomers through Education)

Southside Services I. Inc. Spare Key Springboard for the Arts St. Anthony Park Area Seniors St. Croix River Association St. Croix Valley Foundation  t. David’s Center for Child S & Family Development St. Louis Park Emergency Program St. Mary’s Health Clinics St. Paul Neighborhood Network St. Stephen’s Human Services Stepping Stone Emergency Housing SteppingStone Theatre

Project for Pride in Living (PPL)

Store To Door

Pueblo a Pueblo

Students Today Leaders Forever

Range Mental Health Center

 ub-Saharan African Youth & Family S Services in Minnesota

Reading Center, The Rebuild Resources Redeemer Center for Life RELATE Counseling Center RESOURCE, Inc.  etrieve a Golden of Minnesota R (RAGOM), Inc.

Summit Academy OIC Susan G. Komen Minnesota Sustainable Resources Center, Inc. Tanzania Life Project Tasks Unlimited, Inc. Teens Alone, Inc.

Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity

Ten Thousand Things Theater

 onald McDonald House Charities, R Upper Midwest

The Sanneh Foundation The Works



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Giving Guide – continued

Can’t find a charity?

See page 3 for information or call us at (651) 224-7030.

Spring 2014 Touchstone Mental Health

Urban Homeworks, Inc.

White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf


Urban Roots MN

White Bear Center for the Arts

Tri-County Humane Society

Vail Place

Wilderness Inquiry



Will Steger Foundation

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus

Vision Loss Resources

Wingspan Life Resources

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity


Wishes & More

Twin Cities RISE!

Volunteer Lawyers Network, Ltd.

Women’s Advocates, Inc.

 nion Gospel Mission Association U of St. Paul


Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Walk-In Counseling Center


Washburn Center for Children

Woodbury Life Resource Center

WaterLegacy (New Organization)

YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

Way to Grow, Inc.

Youth Express

Wayside House, Inc., The

Youth Farm

Welcome Center, Inc.

Youth Frontiers

Wellstone Action Fund

Youth Service Bureau, Inc.

 est Hennepin Affordable W Housing Land Trust


Union Gospel Mission Duluth United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota  nited Way of Crow Wing & Southern U Cass Counties United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties United Way of Olmsted County, Inc. United Way of West Central Minnesota Upstream Arts Urban Arts Academy

West Side Community Health Services

YouthLink YWCA of Minneapolis

Reviews in Progress On April 1, 2014 the nonprofits listed as “Review in Progress” were working with Charities Review Council to meet standards. View an up-to-date list at 360 Communities

Franconia Sculpture Park

Rakhma, Inc.

A Child’s Hope Int’l, Inc

Greater Mankato Area United Way

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities

AccessAbility, Inc.

Headwaters Foundation for Justice

Reve Academy

Accessible Space, Inc.

Heart of the Beast Theatre, Inc.

Rochester Area Family Y

AccountAbility Minnesota

Hemophilia Foundation of Minnesota/ Dakotas

Sabes Jewish Community Center

Advocates for Human Rights, The Ain Dah Yung Center American Indian Family Center American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest American Red Cross Ananya Dance Theatre Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities Breanna’s Gift Bridges to Learning Camp Victory Ministries, Inc. Children’s Health Care Foundation City of Lakes Community Land Trust COMPAS (Community Programs in the Arts) Cultural Wellness Center DinoMights Domestic Abuse Project EDIT Faith in Action for Cass County Family Tree Clinic

Hmong American Partnership HOWA Family Center Intermedia Arts of Minnesota Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership, Inc. Lakes Area Music Festival Listening House of St. Paul Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly Madeline’s Nonprofit Mano a Mano International Partners Merrick, Inc. Minneapolis Community and Technical College Foundation

Semcac Sight & Hearing Association Teenwise Minnesota Tennis & Education Inc. The Family Partnership The Reporters, Inc. (New Organization) Tree Trust True Friends Twin Cities Salvation Army, The United Way of the Brown County Area, Inc. University of Minnesota Foundation Walker Area Community Center WellShare International

Museum of Russian Art, The

West 7th Community Center

Neighbors, Inc.

Will To Live Foundation, Inc., The (New Organization)

Northern Clay Center One Heartland Pillsbury United Communities Plymouth Christian Youth Center Project SUCCESS

YMCA Camp Olson Youth Performance Company (YPC) YWCA Mankato Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center

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DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION: AN INTERVIEW WITH MICHELLE CHALMERS OF AMPERSAND FAMILIES The mission of Ampersand Families is to recruit and support permanent families for older youth, and to champion practices in adoption and permanency that restore belonging, dignity and hope. Ampersand Families is a resource for youth, families, and professionals seeking to promote permanent relationships between teens and significant caring adults. Ampersand Families met Charities Review Council’s Accountability Standards® in June of 2013. Their organization found the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Standard to be one of the most useful standards in helping them advance their work. As a result of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion standard, Ampersand Families is now more effectively delivering its mission by reflecting the community it serves. Read about their journey: Tell us a bit about your experience with the Accountability Wizard review process. What was helpful about it?

How did you go about meeting the Diversity and Inclusion Standard? What processes or practices did you implement?

My colleague, Jen Braun, was primarily responsible for walking us through the Accountability Wizard process. She thought it was very user friendly and it absolutely prompted us to tighten up a few policies. The most significant growth we’ve had, initiated by the process is our efforts towards inclusivity and diversity. Of course, we aren’t clueless and have routinely talked over the years about how we need to do a better job reflecting the youth and families we serve. The Accountability Wizard process spelled it out clearly. We were not doing what we needed to be doing in this regard.

We have done a number of things to work toward the Diversity and Inclusion Standard. First, our board formed an Inclusivity and Diversity committee, and they have been busy. Those committee discussions have led us down a number of paths. A few of them include completing very strategic outreach with the aim of building connections for African American families in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and in Rochester, MN (a large number of the kids we serve are African American, Native American, Hispanic or Latino). We are also actively seeking board members from outside the Twin Cities. We currently serve about 40% youth referred from greater Minnesota, while all board members are located in the metropolitan area.

Did Ampersand conduct any type of demographic assessment before working on the Charities Review Council’s Accountability Wizard review? In an informal way, Ampersand Families has always been on top of the demographics of who we serve. We routinely collect data and consistently discuss the disparity of youth of color in the child welfare system. We serve pretty close to the same breakdown of kids (white vs. kids of color; boys vs. girls). What we haven’t served is youth from the metro area in proportion to their representation in the total waiting kid pool. That’s because, until recently, the metro counties generally have not used help of agencies like ours, though that’s changing. Next year at this time we will be serving a much more balanced group of youth in that regard.

Finally, we have revisited our matrix of skills and attributes needed in board members and routinely discuss diversity as it relates to new member recruitment. We currently have 10 board members, but we want to be at 13 with a queue.

The demographics of our board have shifted significantly in order to deepen our commitment and ties to the communities we serve. In upcoming months we plan to add new board members, very strategically, to continue to improve the range of voices on our board.

How has this process helped you in your daily work? In alignment with the strategic initiatives we put in place as a result of our work with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Standard, our pool of families has expanded from being exclusively white (that included a balance of straight, married/partnered, single and GLBT families).

Our pool now includes racially diverse families, mixed race families, blended families, and multi-lingual families. Why is it important to Ampersand Families to be representative and inclusive of the population it serves? There are 10,000 reasons. The challenge has been in figuring out which group(s) to represent, and what it means to represent them. We are already a significantly stronger organization due to this process.

With the revamped Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Standard and our newly launched Accountability Wizard 3.0 (a proprietary, cloudbased capacity building software – the only one of its kind nationwide), Charities Review Council is helping more nonprofits than ever to build their infrastructure of equity, while helping them access the resources they need improve their diversity, equity and inclusion practices. When a nonprofit reflects the community it serves, it sees stronger results and a wider impact. Reach out to your favorite nonprofit and invite them to meet our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion standard today.


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SAVE THE DATE: ANNUAL FORUM 2014 Great news! We’re moving our Annual Forum to September in order to kick off the Giving Season and bring you an exciting expanded event! Don’t miss this opportunity to network with more than 300 nonprofit, business and philanthropic leaders from across Minnesota. This year’s forum will include a thoughtprovoking keynote speaker, a design thinking workshop centered upon nonprofit impact, and an opportunity for nonprofits to present innovative ideas to generous donors in an exciting live pitch session. More details to come. When: September 30, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall University of St. Thomas 2115 Summit Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55105

Email to get involved!

Remembering Harold B. Adams It is with gratitude that we remember former Charities Review Council Executive Director, Harold B. Adams, who passed away on April 4, 2014. Born in in Clark, South Dakota in 1923, Mr. Adams was the author of numerous published mysteries, most of which took place in the dust bowl of the 1930s. He led Charities Review Council from 1966 to 1988, building the solid framework of Accountability and Transparency into Minnesota’s philanthropic and nonprofit sector. Mr. Adams later moved on to bring those ethics to his work at the Better Business Bureau. If you knew Mr. Adams and would like to share a story about him, we welcome you to reach out to us at 651-224-7030. The Smart GiverSM is published twice a year. It is available free of charge and distributed to households, businesses, and nonprofits. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to receive this helpful guide – or if a family member, friend or co-worker might like to receive it – please contact the Council. Editor: Kate Khaled,

Charities Review Council's Spring 2014 Smart Giver Newsletter  

The Smart Giver Newsletter is published twice a year and includes the Giving Guide, a list of strong, accountable nonprofits that have demon...

Charities Review Council's Spring 2014 Smart Giver Newsletter  

The Smart Giver Newsletter is published twice a year and includes the Giving Guide, a list of strong, accountable nonprofits that have demon...