Charity Vetting

By |2018-03-26T19:54:50+00:00March 26th, 2018|

Charity vetting refers to the process of determining whether or not a charitable organization is eligible to receive tax exempt donations either in its country or origin or through a program sponsored in the United States for U.S. employees. This is an important service for any third-party supporting CSR giving programs. Charity vetting can be managed through several different ways.

For U.S. organizations:

  • By maintaining up-to-date tax status data from the IRS or Guidestar (which manages a database of IRS-based charity data).
  • By relying on a third party federation or membership-based organization (such as a United Way) to review the appropriate documentation and make the tax-exempt determination.

For international organizations (or NGOs, non-governmental orgs):

  • By maintaining up-t0-date tax status data from the country of origin, such as the U.K. or Australia. (Note: few countries provide such data)
  • By hiring the services of a third party to perform Equivalency Determination analysis on the organization.

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A Principal at CSR Matters, Gary has 25+ years of experience working in Corporate Social Responsibility, including nonprofits, software development and the financial services industries. "It's a labor of love. I have a number of professional interests, and they all intersect with CSR." Over the past several years, he has been actively involved in the acquisition, growth and consolidation of a number of companies in the CSR space, including AmeriGives, Good Done Great, WPG Solutions, and Dexterity Ventures, plus donor advised funds DonateWell and Place2Give. Gary's prior experience includes leadership positions with Bank of America, United Way and KindMark. To learn more about the breadth and depth of Gary's operational, financial and executive experience, please visit