Charity On Trial: What You Need to Know Before You Give

by Doug White


While the nation’s love affair with charities is strong and continuing, the increase in indicting news stories over the past several years has heightened the public’s interest, as well as its cynicism. In the midst of such scrutiny, Charity on Trial seeks to demystify what donors and others should expect from the charitable sector.

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  • Learn how nonprofits and charities have violated the public trust.
  • Find out ways donors can separate good nonprofits from the ineffective and inefficient ones and then make your organization adhere to those standards.
  • Discover why sometimes it’s better to turn down a gift even a major one.
  • Learn why making your organization’s operations transparent is more important than ever.


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About the Author

Doug White has worked with charities for 25 years as an employee, consultant, trustee, volunteer and donor. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on Planned Giving, where he founded Leave a Legacy®, a national initiative that promotes planned giving. He is the author of the award-winning The Art of Planned Giving: Understanding Donors and the Culture of Giving (Wiley, 1996) and is an adjunct instructor in ethics and fundraising at New York University. He can be reached at

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