Vetting Guidelines

  1. Financial Vetting
    1. We make sure each nonprofit organization we feature is a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
    2. We review their most recent Form 990 tax return.
      1. We monitor admin expenses, salary information, and overall fiscal activity of the organization to ensure that the nonprofit is fiscally healthy and responsible.
    3. If the organization does not have a Form 990 yet (gross receipts less than $50,000), then we check the organizations Form 990-N Postcard tax return. These are often smaller charities, and in these cases, we make extra effort with our additional vetting steps to ensure that the organization is executing its mission. This may include receiving budgets and other financial statements.
    4. We look to see where the organization has received donations from in the past – and if these donations came from a verified and reputable source.
  2. Current Activities Search
    1. We enter the charity’s name into search engines and look for recent articles and information regarding the charities in order to review their current activities. If there are no articles, then we look for other ways we can check for impact data like social media and research papers.
    2. We search the Founder’s/Executive Director’s name and make sure there is no unseemly information.
  3. Social Media Presence
    1. We review the social media accounts of each nonprofit to check for evidence of their activities and to scan for any disqualifying information such as hate speech.
  4. Politics/Religion
    1. There are many religious and political nonprofit organizations, and while we respect and value their work, it is important for Givable to be secular and open to all.
      1. We choose to not feature organizations that are strongly affiliated with any political party or an established/well known political agenda.
      2. We may feature religious organizations that are founded in religious values, if the programs featured are secular and serve a diverse population regardless of someone’s faith.
      3. We will not feature religious organizations that only serve a single religious base or that proselytize.
  5. Nondiscrimination
    1. All nonprofits are reviewed to ensure they do not discriminate against anyone on basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations.
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