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Before you give
• Ask the nonprofit for its goals, methods and results.
• Check traditional assessments like administrative costs, but don’t rely on them completely. Check for the latest thinking on standards with the Center for Effective Philanthropy, effectivephilanthropy.org; Center for Evaluation Innovation, evaluationinnovation.org; and GiveWell, givewell.org/diy.
• Note that large organizations like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Knight Foundation typically commission internal assessments, which are often published on their websites.
It’s the season to be giving, and Wednesday offers a unique opportunity for those who want to donate to a South Florida based-charity.
With government support dropping and community need increasing, South Florida nonprofit organizations are finding new ways to tell their story.
Giving millions of dollars — to education, scholarships, medical research and homeless programs — changes lives and communities. We all benefit when so many in our community make the choice to share their fortunes.