Friday, September 4, 2009

Charities Meets Accountability Standards: Congratulations

Congratulations to the following charities that recently completed their Accountability Wizard reviews and have met the Council's Standards of Accountability:

American Refugee Committee
Books For Africa, Inc. 
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud 
Central Minnesota Community Foundation 
Community Mediation Services, Inc
Diversity Council
Family Hope Services, Inc. / TreeHouse
HFH of Douglas County, Minnesota, Inc. 
Great Neighborhoods! Development Corporation
Hope Community Inc.
Jeremiah Program  
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis  
Kinship of Greater Minneapolis  
Latino Economic Development Center
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota
Mediation Services for Anoka County 
Mental Health Association of Minnesota 
Metro Meals on Wheels, Inc 
Plan USA / Plan International USA Inc
People Serving People, Inc. 
Phyllis Wheatley Community Center 
Restorative Justice Community Action, Inc.
Reuben Lindh Family Services 
Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity
Second Harvest Heartland
St. Stephen's Human Services
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (Minnesota Affiliate)
The Playwrights' Center
Tix for Tots 
Union Gospel Mission Association of St. Paul
YMCA of Greater Saint Paul


Paul Puerzer said...

I am a doctoral student working on a dissertation proposal regarding nonprofit organizations in Minnesota.

How do you determine which charities meet your accountability standards? Can I get a copy of your criteria?


Rich Cowles said...

Thanks for your interest, Paul. Our criteria are our Accountabililty Standards described and downloadable at .

Nonprofits voluntarily complete a self assessment through our online Accountability Wizard. Our staff verifies their responses and makes the ultimate conclusion on whether the org meets each standard. During this process we provide technical assistance to help the organization make changes where needed, in order to meet the standards. The more orgs meeting standards, the more good choices for donors.

Rich Cowles