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When a charity is reported to engage or confirmed to have engaged in misconduct or questionable practices, we post an alert on the charity’s profile page to raise awareness and help inform your giving.
Charity Navigator's Alert Issuance Committee publishes reports of potential or confirmed misconduct or other questionable practices being investigated by the media or governmental agencies, in accordance with our alert methodology.
In issuing an alert, the Committee considers the following:
It's important to note that alerts are issued to equip donors with information to guide their giving decisions. It is not within the scope or objective of the Committee to independently assess the accuracy of the information. The objective of the committee is to determine if a donor might find such information helpful when considering a contribution to the organization.
An organization receives this alert if matters of concern relating to the organization have been reported in a media outlet Charity Navigator deems reliable, but to Charity Navigator’s knowledge, no legal proceeding has commenced or the matter is not of a legal nature.
An organization receives this alert if a credible media outlet (as determined by Charity Navigator) has reported that a government agency or a private third-party has filed charges or brought a claim as part of a pending legal proceeding, alleging that the organization or its managers have engaged in illegal conduct, including but not limited to financial wrongdoing, discrimination, or violation of data security laws.
An organization receives this alert if a credible media outlet (as determined by Charity Navigator) has reported that:
The organization is engaged in bankruptcy proceedings; or
The organization has been found through a legal proceeding to have engaged, or have managers who have engaged, in illegal conduct, including but not limited to financial wrongdoing, discrimination, or violation of data security laws
An organization receives this alert if:
The organization lacks 501(c)(3) status; or
A credible media outlet (as determined by Charity Navigator) has reported that the organization has engaged, or have managers who have engaged, in substantial fraud or misrepresentation relating to the organization’s charitable purposes or activities, as determined through a legal proceeding
Charity Navigator relies on publicly accessible information, either reported by a reasonably credible media outlet or announced in a press release by a relevant regulatory body. Our team regularly monitors news relating to the nonprofit space for material which falls within our alert methodology. Note that our committee does not independently assess the accuracy of the allegations referenced in alerts.
Charity Navigator makes a good faith attempt to notify organizations of Charity Navigator’s intention to issue an alert prior to publication. Organizations are encouraged to submit additional contextual or counterfactual information for the committee to review, either before or after publication, for potential prevention or removal of an alert.
Charity Navigator values accountability and transparency, and organizations who can demonstrate the falsity of a media report or that they have taken good-faith efforts to implement corrective action in response to the cited issue, and have been transparent with their donors around the cited issue and those corrective actions, may have their alert prevented or removed.
In the event that submitted information does not warrant prevention or removal of the alert, organizations are always afforded the opportunity to submit a statement for publication alongside the published alert.
Organizations who wish to submit information related to an alert may do so by emailing email@example.com.
Concerned donors are invited to submit publicly available data to us for review and potential alert action may do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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