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Just days before Intelligent Philanthropy turns 1 year old, we have been recognized as one of the 8 major online charity evaluation and accountability organizations. RELEVANT Magazine published an article "Where Do Your Donations Go?" and listed Intelligent Philanthropy alongside Guidestar and GiveWell. Admittedly, the author chose to highlight and interview Charity Navigator and ECFA leaders. But the citation in a 3rd party publication is a step in the right direction for what we believe is the best all-around charity evaluation platform available .
Author Christine Jeske described charity evaluator organizations in the following manner: "Evaluator organizations provide a service to donors wanting to sort through the details behind heart-gripping websites. They aim not only to help donors make informed choices but also to improve the overall quality of charity work by motivating nonprofits toward greater financial sustainability and accountability. Accountability protects and benefits all the stakeholders of nonprofits, particularly their beneficiaries, who are often the least able to speak up and demand accountability." Jeske pointed out the weaknesses of charity evaluation platforms that rely on old "tax forms" or measure charities against vague criteria like "unexplained odd aspects of a ministry." She cautioned donors against using "DONATE" buttons on evaluator websites due to the percentage they skim off the donation. She also warned about "universal" standards behind rating and accreditation processes. Impressively, Intelligent Philanthropy was one of the few evaluator organizations to exhibit none of those weaknesses.
Intelligent Philanthropy has a long way to go. In its 2nd year, we will continue to add nonprofit Analytical Overviews that users request to be in our easy-to-search database. We will continue to demonstrate Intelligent Philanthropy's superior value and methodology compared to all other online charity evaluators. We will add new features and open up the service to more subscribers with donor advised funds. The philanthropic advisory service Excellence in Giving will continue to use the platform as step one in its evaluation process for family foundations across the country. We have a lot of work to do, but we are glad to celebrate our first breakthrough in the public's discussion about charity evaluation resources.