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Accountability Standards


The Accountability Standards® serve as a framework for building trusting, productive relationships between nonprofits, donors, and the general public, who deliver the greater good in partnership. The Accountability Standards® are at the heart of our mission; with them, the Council builds a culture of philanthropy, where nonprofits and donors are engaged partners, working together for stronger communities.

The Accountability Standards® are co-created benchmarks of nonprofit governance, finance, fundraising, and public communication. A balance of nonprofit sector promising practices, public expectations, and legal/regulatory requirements, the standards represent the shared expectations between donors and nonprofits.

The Accountability Standards® create a common ground across the nonprofit sector, building a foundation of strength in our community. Donors use the Accountability Standards® as a way to assess the internal strength of the causes they care about and as a starting place for engagement and conversation with their favorite organizations. When donors are confident in their support of strong, trustworthy nonprofits, they are able to partner in authentic ways that advance the greater good.

These Accountability Standards were approved by the Board of Directors of the Charities Review Council on February 13, 2014 and will go into effect on April 1, 2014. The Accountability Standards are reviewed on a rolling basis, with revisions implemented every two years.

Click here for more information on our Standards Review process.