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The internet offers a wealth of information about foundations, charities and charitable giving - but not all of those resources are accurate.  Here is some quality information from reputable sources that can help you in your mission to give back to the community.
National Resources for Charities 
and Foundations   
  
Harwood Institute for Public Innovation
The Institued was founded by Richard Harwood to help people imagine and act for the public good.

Charity Navigator
This website offers an extensive database of charities, rating each of them based upon the criteria established by Charity Navigator.

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
Fomerly Give.org, this arm of the Better Business Bureau also determines if selected national charities meet their basic standards.

Foundation Center
Holds at least some information on virtually every signficant U.S. foundation.

Council on Foundations
Provides national standards for various types of foundations and publishes lists of those which voluntarily agree to comply,

National Council of Nonprofit Associations
The national network of regional associations of nonprofits. 
Recent Articles by Bret Bicoy

The Art of a Door County Capital Campaign

Balancing Act: The Responsibilities of Non-Profit Boards and Staff

Charitable Giving Through Your Estate: An Overview of Simple Planned Giving Tools

Door County's Charities: The Essential Ingredient in Our Quality of Life

Beyond the Rhetoric: The Economic Impact of Charity in Door County, Wisconsin

Columns on Philanthropy in Door County's Peninsula Pulse newspaper



Important IRS Resources for Charities and Foundations

Tax Information for Charities & Foundations
Online center for everything related to tax issues for 501(c)(3) public charities and private foundations.

Publication 526: Charitable Contributions
(opens as a pdf file) 
The primary source for information about the deductibility of the most common gifts made both to public charities and private foundations.

Life Cycle of a Public Charity
Basic overview of a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Life Cycle of a Private Foundation
Similar information for a private foundation.
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