3 Ways to Narrow Down Your Giving
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the landscape of giving and making dollars even more important in the wake of a downturn in donations. Join that with the current crisis in Ukraine, the flooding of Puerto Rico and Pakistan, and the recent devastation caused by Hurriane Ian, and many donors are struggling to know where to begin—and nonprofits are feeling the pinch.
The Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy presented research in their report, "Nonprofit Trends and Impacts 2021," that two merging factors created a complicated giving and nonprofit landscape from 2019–2021. They found:
• Most organizations experienced donation growth from 2015 through 2019, but for many, that trend reversed in 2020
• A greater share of small nonprofits experienced decreased donations in 2020 than large nonprofits
It's something we’ve heard time and time again at Charities Review Council: Donors want to connect to causes that are smaller and led with passion but often don’t know where to start.
Here are three ways individuals can narrow down their giving to align better with their passions:
1. Ask the right questions. Charities Review Council offers a comprehensive
list of questions to ask nonprofits before setting up a donation, as well as a helpful glossary to better inform donors.
2. Ensure gifts are going to reputable organizations. With our Accountability Standards®, nonprofits are reviewed for transparency, diversity, and inclusion, as well as financial health. Not seeing your favorite nonprofit on the list? You can refer them to our website.
3. Narrow your search to better align with your personal mission. With sites like ours (SmartGivers.org) and GiveMN, individuals can search for a cause they’d like to support and receive a list of nonprofit organizations that serve that need. GreatNonProfits.org offers a list of organizations nearest to each donor, and Charities.org offers crisis-specific giving resources for Ukraine, COVID-19, and disaster recovery. If you’re looking for a cause not often in the spotlight, CharityGiftCertificates.org offers a list by keyword.
Don’t forget financial giving is not the only way to invest in a cause you believe in. Consider looking into VolunteerMatch. org to find out who needs time, talent, or anything in-between.
With nonprofits needing more help than ever, it’s a great time to realign your giving strategy to your personal mission—your community will thank you!Photo by Aaron Doucett on Unsplash
IN THIS ISSUE
• 3 Ways to Narrow Down Your Giving
• Status Update with Kris Kewitsch
• Giving Guide 2022
• Surprising Stats About Recruiting Volunteers
Three Easy Ways to Check Out Nonprofits Before Giving
Check out the Giving Guide on page 3 for a list of reviewed nonprofits. Call (651) 224-7030
STATUS UPDATE WITH KRIS KEWITSCH
Hello, Council Friends!
The signs of fall are here – the weather and leaves are turning and now the Fall Smart Giver Newsletter is hitting your mailbox.
Our 75th Anniversary Celebration at Nicollet Island Pavilion on September 1 kicked off the season. More than 175 people came together to honor the legacy and impact of the Council’s work these past years. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey were there to celebrate and honor the Council. Be sure to check out highlights on our website.
Throughout 2022, strategic planning efforts have continued, and we will bring you a plan early in the new year. In the meantime, we are gearing up to help you make smart giving decisions during the upcoming peak giving season – Give to the Max Day, Giving Tuesday, the holiday season and year-end giving. Remember to use our searchable list of Meets Standards® nonprofits. In addition, we’re sharing giving tips and online resources and highlighting organizations making a difference in their local communities.
Our work isn’t possible without great partners like you. A gift to the Council keeps our review process affordable for nonprofits, ensuring that demonstrating strength and transparency isn’t about how much money a nonprofit has. Use the enclosed envelope, scan the QR code below, or go to bit.ly/DonateCRC to support our day-to-day operations and programming. Your support for the future of the Council is greatly appreciated!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jessica Birken, Birken Law Office
Melvin Clark, Allianz Investment Management
Carolyn Deters, Treasurer, Indelible | Gifts for Seniors
Megan Genest Tarnow, Past Chair, High Rock Accounting
Garnetta Lowman, Vice Chair, Program Committee Chair, Neka Creative, Consulting
Stacey Nelson-Kumar, Chair, Comcast
Molly Raymond, Willow Within
Stephen Thompson, Secretary, Audit Committee Chair, Securian Asset Management, Inc. (retired)
Lisa Zellmer, Governance Committee Chair, Beacon Interfaith Housing
Dimitri Kaasan-Stull, Program Manager
Kris Kewitsch, Executive Director
Olivia Felland, Donor and Nonprofit Relations Coordinator
MEETS STANDARDS® NONPROFITS
This go-to list features nonprofits that have voluntarily completed our nonprofit review process and have earned Charities Review Council’s Meets Standards ® Seal, a visual marker of nonprofit strength. Our review process is good for three years and requires a small administrative payment (.02% of an organization’s operating expenses).
The green checkmark indicates that the nonprofit Meets Standards® . For an up-to-date listing, go to SmartGivers.org/organizations .
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Our 25 Accountability Standards® are co-created benchmarks measuring nonprofit performance in four critical areas: governance, finance, fundraising and public disclosure. They represent a balance of nonprofit sector promising practices, public expectations and legal/regulatory requirements. The Standards have evolved over the Council’s 75 years, with broad participation from Minnesota’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities, to reflect reasonable public expectations for nonprofits. Learn more at SmartGivers.org.
Bridges to Learning, Inc.
California (LA, SV/CC, SD, SFBA)
CAIR-Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh)
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud
Giving Guide Fall 2022 – continued
The Village Family Service Center
Wallin Education Partners
Washburn Center for Children
Wayside Recovery Center
West Hennepin Affordable Housing Land Trust
Westfields Hospital & Clinic Foundation
White Bear Area Food Shelf
White Bear Center for the Arts
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society
Wings for Widows
Wishes & More
Can’t find a charity? Call us at (651) 224-7030.
Women's Foundation of Minnesota
Woodbury Options for Women
World Without Genocide
Youth Service Bureau, Inc.
YWCA of Minneapolis
Reviews in Progress: On September 15, 2022, the nonprofits listed as “Review in Progress” were working with Charities Review Council to attain or renew their Meet Standards® status. View an up-to-date list at SmartGivers.org/organizations.
American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA)
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
The Arc Minnesota
ArtReach St. Croix
The BeliEve Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
Children's Cancer Research Fund Christian Appalachian Project
Connections to Independence Cookie Cart
Cultural Wellness Center
Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
Face to Face Health and Counseling Service, Inc.
Girls on the Run Twin Cities
Giving Voice Initiative
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis
Minnesota Alliance With Youth Minnesota Council on Economic Education
Minnesota Justice Foundation National Loon Center
Native Ways Federation Inc. Nexus
Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (PawPADs)
Quiet Oaks Hospice House & Respite Care
Rebuilding the Village SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)
Simpson Housing Services, Inc. Standpoint
United Way of the Brown County Area, Inc.
United Way of West Central Minnesota
The Village Family Service Center Vision Loss Resources
YMCA of the North Youth Frontiers, Inc.
Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit #1743 St. Paul, MN
1915 Highway 36 W, Ste. 133 Roseville, MN 55113 651-224-7030 SmartGivers.org email@example.com
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Surprising Stats About Recruiting Volunteers
Are you looking to become a part of a group that is focused on creating remarkable and sustainable change, and did you know that volunteering has measurable impacts on the mood and body?
HelpGuide shared that not only does volunteerism offer a deeper connection to the community and other like-minded individuals, but it also helps with stress and anxiety. They found,
“The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being. Nothing relieves stress better than a meaningful connection to another person. Working with pets and other animals have also been shown to improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety.”
According to TeamStage, volunteering is on the rise. Here are five powerful volunteering statistics on
volunteering to empower you to take the next step:
• Over 1 billion individuals volunteer globally, with 1 in 4 Americans choosing to donate their time
• Men are less likely to volunteer than women, but Baby Boomers are more likely to volunteer than any other generation
• The rise of COVID caused over 11% of volunteer-based organizations in the US to cease operations—making your time more valuable and needed than ever
• Almost 75% of Americans think that volunteering will be more important after the pandemic.
Want to begin with Charities Review Council? We are currently looking for individuals to serve on our board and committees. Learn more at smartgivers.org/about/ job-openings.