Our Research Philosophy
In 2006, Charity Intelligence started researching and analysing charities, gathering the data that we believed was most important. We gathered information on charities’ management and operations, analyzed financial data, and dug into available information on the social results produced by charities – the impact of the charities’ programs.
The essential information about a charity is the work it undertakes, the clients it serves, and the results it achieves - how the charity helps to change lives. Providing this information for donors is called "social results" reporting. This is far more important than fundraising costs and administrative overhead, in our opinion. Yet this critical information is often not disclosed.
Charity Intelligence assesses a charity's social results from the information posted on its website and in annual reports, newsletters, impact reports, etc. We believe all donors should have access to results information, whether they donate $20 or $100,000. We encourage charities to publicly post annual results for all to read.
We also assess charities' demonstrated impact per dollar donated so that donors can understand what is likely to happen because of their generosity. Is the charity likely to use their donation to create a lot of change or just a little, or is it impossible to tell? We know that donors want to know what impact the charities they support are having, so we let them know what impact the charities have demonstrated. For more information on our impact assessment, please click here.