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SELECTIVE MUTISM FOUNDATION, INC.
An ethical non-profit charitable organization.
We are not affiliated with any other organization or Web site.

How to determine the ethical standards of a 501-3 (c) non-profit organization when considering donating or responding to solicitations.

Speculate before you donate.

The basic functional structure of a non-profit organization is comprised of services, income, and expenses. The following 3 categories are a limited guide to assist you in making an informed investment.

1. 501-3 (c) services  – providing assistance, accomplishing specific objectives, (eg. research, education and support).

Issues to consider:

·         What effective services does the organization provide?

·         What percentage of the organization’s revenue is spent on services?

·         Are the organization’s services easily accessible?

·         Are the fees for services excessive?

·         How and where are services provided?

 

2. 501-3 (c) income – money derived from grants, services, solicitations, etc.

Issues to consider:

·         How will your money be used?

·         What percentage of the revenue does the organization spend for charitable purposes (should be bulk of annual income)

·         Is there excessive pressure or commercialized solicitation?

·         What has the organization effectively accomplished relative to it’s mission, and in connection with it’s revenue.

·         Does the organization create confusion by using a sound-a-like or copy-cat-name?

 

3. 501-3 (c) expenses – the amount of money spent for services, fund raising, administration, etc.

Issues to consider:

·         What percentage of the organization’s revenue is used for supplies? (eg, postage, printing, website, telephone).

·         Does the organization’s functional/administrative expenses exceed expenditures for services?

·         Who moderates, or is accountable for financial transactions?  (eg, treasurer, financial officers).

·         What are the organization’s compensation policies?

·         What percentage, if any, of donated funds are used for salaries, expense accounts, allowances, or other benefits?

Non-profit organizations should disclose when and where articles of incorporation were filed, as well as the identity of the incorporator(s).

In the spirit of true charitable work, we thank you for your ongoing support and recognition of our accomplishments.

 

Find the answers to how organizations spend your money and much more, through these excellent sources:

  • Guidestar, Philanthropic Research, Inc. (VA) Provides national free public information about non-profit organizations,
    including IRS form 990 – filed financial annual report.
    Telephone: 800-421-8656 or 757-229-4631
    Website: www.guidestar.org
  • Council of Better Business Bureau, Inc. (VA) Provides wise giving guide, find/file a complaint, ethical standards for
    non-profit organizations, and more.
    Telephone: 703-276-0100
    Website: www.give.org
  • ePhilanthropy Foundation, ( Washington , DC ) Provides ethical On-line Practices guide, ethics center for non-profit’s,
    gives tips, resources, and more.
    Telephone: 877-536-1245
    Website: www.ephilanthropy.org
  • American Institute of Philanthropy (IL) Provides charity rating guide, Charity Watchdog, inconsistent charitable
    self-reporting, tips for donating, and more.
    Telephone: 773-529-2300
    Website: www.charitywatch.org
  • Independent Sector ( Washington , DC ) Provides code of ethics for non-profit’s accountability issues, publications and
    more.
    Telephone: 202-467-6100
    Website: www.independentsector.org