The charity checklist
Donors should check the following before they hand over money:
1. Can the organisation clearly communicate what it does?
If it can't do that, there is a problem.
2. Does it give comprehensive progress reports?
Good organisations have clear indicators of how they are achieving their goals. Look for evidence that it does what it says on the tin.
3. Do the organisation's programmes make sense?
You should find out if it co-ordinates well with other organisations and government bodies. Check if it is one of the best charities in its field.
4. Are there professional standards?
Every charity should have strong checks and balances. It should comply with codes of conduct on matters such as fundraising.
5. Is it transparent?
Charities should be open about their activities and their running costs, particularly the salaries of top executives.
6. How does the organisation work with its beneficiaries?
The ultimate judges of an organisation's effectiveness are the intended beneficiaries.