"This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years".
"Characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices".
- Merrian Webster
"We use Charity Navigator for a lot of our data. We love their site and this is part of their mission statement: "Specifically, Charity Navigator's rating system examines two broad areas of a charity's performance; their Financial Health and their Accountability & Transparency. Our ratings show givers how efficiently we believe a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices and openness with information."
"Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, more commonly known as the tax code, defines organizations that are exempt from taxes because they operate in the public interest. Another name for a 501(c)(3) organization is a charitable organization. Simply providing charitable services, however, is not enough to qualify as a 501(c)(3) organization. You must meet all operational, legal and reporting requirements of the tax code in order to receive tax-exempt status".
IRS Form 990
"Most tax-exempt organizations must annually file IRS Form 990, an informational tax form.
IRS Form 990 is an informational tax form that most tax-exempt organizations must file annually. In a nutshell, the form gives the IRS an overview of the organization's activities, governance and detailed financial information.
Form 990 also includes a section for the organization to outline its accomplishments in the previous year to justify maintaining its tax-exempt status. In collecting this information, the IRS wants to ensure that organizations continue to qualify for tax exemption after the status is granted".
- Turbo Tax
"A donation of goods or services rather than cash or appreciated property".