What Makes A Charity Good?
Are you wondering what makes a charity good?
You may have heard charities being discussed in the media. Perhaps you are thinking of making a donation, or maybe you are considering volunteering. Before you decide whether or not to support a charity, you may wish to ask some questions:Is it in fact listed on the Register of Charities?Is the charity trying to address a real need?Does the charity’s approach to addressing that need make sense?What has the charity achieved to date?Does the charity use quality research to learn and improve?Is the charity signed up to the Governance Code?Does the charity have good leadership?Does the charity have good volunteers and/or paid staff?Do the people using the charity’s services have a say in how it is run?Has the charity signed up to the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising?Is the charity transparent about its finances?Is the charity financially secure?Does the charity manage its finances and operations well?Does the charity make efficient use of its resources?
Have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions and Further Reading pages of this website for more detailed information.
If you have any questions about a specific charity, contact that organisation directly. You have a right to ask questions about any aspect of its work. Good charities will welcome the opportunity to share their strategies and impact with you.