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Look for transparency when giving to non-profits and charities

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The follow to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, is Giving Tuesday. An in Colorado a week later is Colorado Give Day.  The “give” days are to encourage donation to non-profits and charities. It is good thing to do, but it is also wise to do some research about organizations you are considering for a donation.

The Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI), as well as, The Children’s Literacy Center (CLC) are both Colorado Springs non-profits with the top Platinum ratings through the on-line non-profit directory Guide Star. "That's a symbol that shows RMFI is committed to the highest level of transparency possible," said RMFI, Executive Director, Jennifer Peterson.

Donors have a choice and these non-profits want the people who choose to donate, to know their money is well spent. “At CLC we're very proud to say that 94% of our funding that we raise goes back into our program costs," said CLC Development Director, Ann Sulley.

It means making everything about how they operate an open-book. "Anything you want to know about our organization, our metrics, how we measure impact, who we're engaging, who we work with, who our board of directors are, we'll show that front on center," said Peterson.

Then they say look at results. At the Children's Literacy Center between six and 800 kids get one on one help each year. "We do one thing and one thing only and that is to tutor kids," said Sulley. RMFI's work is trails locals hike on every day in parks and public land like Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Canon, and Pikes Peak. That's miles of trails built, or miles of trails maintenance, or number of trees plant, whatever it is, we are constantly recording and detailing our on the ground metrics," said Peterson.

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