Here at the Jack Kagan Foundation, we understand that you have a lot of options when it comes to where you make your charitable contributions. In today’s ever-changing world, it is truly a blessing to have the ability to choose from a variety of organizations and foundations supporting important causes throughout the world. However, it can also be a challenge to sort through overwhelming amounts of information in order to determine exactly where you will lend your financial support.
In order to aid individuals in the complicated processes of vetting organizations, determining credibility, and verifying impact, we take on the responsibility of thoroughly researching and evaluating each organization that we support. We use IRS reports, personal on-site and telecommunication briefings, service recipient reviews, and more to determine an organization’s credibility. We also consider their alignment with the mission of our foundation, as well as evident ability to succeed and improve when choosing our grantees. A few examples of our standards include but are not limited to:
- Judicious finance oversight, as evident in IRS reports of spending ratios between programs, salaries, outreach, and fundraising efforts.
- External organization reviews (e.g. GuideStar, Charity Navigator, etc.).
- Quantitative and qualitative evidence of success in meeting their mission.