America's Charities has earned the 2019 #GuideStarPlatinum Seal of Transparency, showcasing the progress and results we’re making toward our goal of bringing more resources to the nonprofits who are changing our world. Check out our GuideStar USA profile: https://t.co/5U1EsJUIW8 pic.twitter.com/IJJRLTN0zJ— America's Charities (@AmerCharities) April 4, 2019
America's Charities' Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers are committed to operating with the highest standards of accountability, transparency, and ethics. We realize that if we are to be successful in expanding philanthropy for all, then every day we must adhere to our mission, vision, and core values.
Accountability, Transparency, and Commitment to Impact
We are proud to have met BBB Wise Giving Alliance's stringent and comprehensive 20 Standards for Accountability. See our report here.
We are also committed to full transparency and reporting our results and impact, indicated by reaching the GuideStar Platinum level. See our profile here.
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Internal and External Oversight
The Directors who serve and oversee America’s Charities help to develop and advance the interests of our donors in ways that go beyond just raising money. For our Board of Directors, good governance is more than just supporting the organization – it also means representing the community’s interests in what we do. As such, the members of our Board of Directors have three fundamental legal obligations, or fiduciary duties, which apply to everything America’s Charities does.
- Duty of Care: The amount of care that an ordinarily prudent person would exercise in a like position and under similar circumstances. This describes the criteria our Directors must give to making decisions on behalf of America’s Charities.
- Duty of Loyalty: Keeping the interests of America’s Charities in mind at all times when making decisions on behalf of the organization.
- Duty of Obedience: Requires board members to be faithful to our mission; consistent with the mission statement, Articles of Incorporation, bylaws, and tax-exemption documentation.
Working in partnership with the professional staff, the Directors also cooperate with key legal bodies and various independent organizations that evaluate charities base ratings on a number of factors, not the least of which is an organization’s degree of accountability and transparency.
The Directors and staff at America’s Charities take our responsibility seriously to be accountable, transparent, and responsive to the needs of our donors.
Organizational & Financial Information
Legally Incorporated: Each federation is incorporated in the District of Columbia. Here are links to the original or amended bylaws and articles of incorporation for each federation:
- America's Charities Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation
- Children First Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation
- Health First Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation
- Community First Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation
Tax Exempt: America's Charities and its family of federations are recognized by the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as tax-exempt organizations. Here are the IRS Determinations letters for America's Charities, Children First, Health First, and Community First.
State Disclosure Statements: Here is a link to disclosure statements for Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
Volunteer Governance: Here is a link to the list of our volunteer-run Board of Directors that provides internal oversight to the organization.
Professionally Staffed: Here is a link to the list of our key employees.
Independently Audited: Here is a link to the most recent audited financial statement by RSM US, LLP (Consolidated Financial Report: December 31, 2018), and links to our 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013 audited financial statements.
IRS Verified: Here is a link to the latest copy of America's Charities IRS Form 990. America's Charities and each of our federations are in IRS Publication 78 and the IRS database of exempt organizations. Our other three independent federations also file a Form 990 with the IRS. Here are links to their individual forms:
- America's Charities Form 990: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018
- Children First Form 990: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018
- Health First Form 990: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018
- Community First Form 990: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018
Stewardship Publicly Reported: For many years, America's Charities published an annual report of activities for each of our federations, along with a consolidated Annual Report. In 2017, we published solely a consolidated Annual Report. To view the annual reports, please click below.
- Consolidated Annual Report: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017
- America's Charities Annual Report: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016
- Children First Annual Report: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016
- Health First Annual Report: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016
- Community First Annual Report: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016
Privacy Respected: America’s Charities honors the rights and privacy of our donors. We do not sell or trade donors’ personal information to any other entity. Donors are recognized in the organization’s annual report to the community. Donors wishing to remain anonymous should notify America’s Charities at the time a gift is made. Click here to view our web-page privacy statement.