The BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations. The standards seek to encourage fair and honest solicitation practices, to promote ethical conduct by charitable organizations and to advance support of philanthropy.
BBB Standards for Charity Accountability
Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice
Independent Sector’s Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice is the foremost guide for sound and successful practice by charities and foundations in the United States. Thirty-three principles succinctly provide clarity about legal compliance and public disclosure, effective governance, strong financial oversight, and responsible fundraising.
Self Dealing: A Concise Guide for Foundation Board and Staff Guide
From the Effectiveness and Accountability Educational Series: This guide provides an overview on the self-dealing law, including definitions, common problem areas, exceptions, penalties, and resources.
Code of Ethics
The Council's Code of Ethics was adopted by the board in June of 2005.
IRS Clarifies Rules for Grants to Organizations that Lobby
A letter from the IRS clarifying how foundations can support grantees that engage in lobbying and election-related activities.
What You Should Know Before Signing Your Oganization's Form 990-PF
A guide for foundation officers who sign the Form 990-PF. This resource helps top officers to understand the important safeguards they should undertake before signing the tax return.