Rich Cowles, executive director of the Charities Review Council of Minnesota, spoke in St. Cloud about the council’s new review process called Accountability Wizard.
Nonprofit organizations answer a series of questions about their finances, governance, public disclosure and fund-raising and provide documentation.
The council then verifies the information and issues a report online. Donors can view the results in the council’s Giver’s Guide at www.smartgivers.org.
“Treat your contributions as if you’re making an investment,” Cowles told a group of St. Cloud Rotary members at their noon meeting."