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Last Updated: Jun 03, 2019     Views: 47

A charity is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to benefit the general public. Charities goals are philanthropic and aim to improve the quality of life of the community.

The first step to research a charity is to go to the organization's website. In most cases, their website should provide: the mission, vision, and values, and will often include information about the executives, board (and board size), and other leaders of the organization. 

Sometimes, not always, you may find financial and key employment statistics in the form of an annual report. Look in all tabs and areas at the top and the bottom of an organizations's website!
(Adapted from: Rasmussen College Library) 

Additional websites beyond the organizations:

Walker Library databases can often provide articles about the charitable organization you're researching including newspaper, magazine, and journal articles.

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