Evaluating Nonprofits

WHEREtoGIVEmidsouth is a new, local directory listing nonprofit organizations in the Greater Memphis area.  This searchable database provides a multi-page report on each organization, including their mission statement, financial information, a management profile, and contact information.

Tennessee Secretary of State: Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming
The TN Secretary of State’s office allows you to search Financial Reports for Registered Charities.  Each listing will include contact and financial information filed with the the Division.  If you do not locate an organization, try searching the separate database for $30,000 and Under Exempt Organizations.  If you are looking to file a complaint against a particular charity or nonprofit organization, please use the Charitable Solicitations Complaint Form

Tennessee Office of the Attorney General
If you have information or a complaint about a TN Nonprofit corporation that you might believe helpful to Office in fulfilling its obligation to protect public interest please complete and return a Nonprofit Complaint Form.

Exempt Organizations Select Check
This service, provided by the IRS, allows users to verify the name of a tax-exempt organization and find information about its federal tax status and filings.  The EO Select Check combines three previous databases, creating a single, more efficient way to search for organizations that: are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions, have had their tax-exempt status revoked, and/or have filed a Form 990-N.

“The donor’s guide to the charitable universe.” This user-friendly website accesses a database of more than 1.8 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. It includes information from 990’s, and a link to the actual form in some cases.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance collects and distributes information on over 1,000 nationally soliciting charities.  The BBB Wise Giving Alliance evaluates each organization based on Standards for Charity Accountability, and compiles their findings into a single report on each charity.   

Charity Navigator
This site provides ratings of over 8,000 charities based on their financial performance. Charity summaries provide such information as overall rating, organizational efficiency, revenue, expenses, and mission statement. Summaries may be searched by charity name, keyword, category, or region.

Self-Assessment for Nonprofit Organizations:

TRASI: Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact
TRASI, a project of the Foundation Center, developed in partnership with McKinsey & Co., is a searchable, expert-reviewed database of over 150 approaches to measuring the impact of social programs and investments.  It also features a community portal for nonprofits, grantmakers, and social enterprises to connect with peers and evaluation experts.

Basic Guide to Program Evaluation (Including Outcomes Evaluation)
Part of the Free Management Library, this site provides guidance toward planning and implementing an evaluation process for for-profit and nonprofit organizations.  It gives direction on a variety of evaluation strategies, including goals-based, process-based, and outcomes-based.

The National Council of Nonprofits
The National Council of Nonprofits offers a number of tools to help nonprofits conduct effective self-assessment and evaluation of outcomes.  Click on each topic for a list of specific resources.

Offers online help preparing an assessment/evaluation plan for your nonprofit.

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