Watch Community Foundation CEO Chris Askin and Program Officer Lauren Renda talk with KTVN Morning Achor, John Potter about grantmaking due diligence.
Checking Up on Local Charities
We have many worthy charities in town. At the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, program officer Lauren Renda has always worked for non-profits. She wouldn’t have it any other way: “It’s very, very rewarding. Every day is different and you definitely learn a lot.” And for non-profit vet Chris Askin, there’s nothing more fulfilling. The organization’s president and CEO told me, “Personally and professionally, I can’t imagine having done anything different other than working with a non-profit.”
There’s also a nationwide resource that ranks charities on their stewardship of donor dollars. CharityNavigator.org ranks local charities too. Askin says, “Charity Navigator is a national website that measures the performance of charities through metrics. Primarily through tax returns, but also with additional information.”
Next re the 3-star charities: The Nevada Museum of Art, KNPB and the United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra all with scores over 80. Artown is ranked at 2 stars. Overall, we’re told that local charities are a better bet, where you can visit the charities and actually see the work. Lauren Renda says they’re more accessible: “You can see the impact being made which is really great and rewarding for a lot of donors.”
If you’re interested in seeing how other charities rank, we have links to both the Community Foundation, and Charity Navigator below: