United Way of Southwest Minnesota once again received the Charities Review Council’s Meets Standards® seal, a visual marker on nonprofit strength. Nonprofit organizations, such as United Way of Southwest Minnesota earn the Meets Standards® seal by voluntarily participating in Charities Review Council’s Accountability Wizard® review process. The only web-based product of its kind, the Accountability Wizard® is a time-tested tool, elevated by nationally recognized capacity building practitioners and philanthropic thought leaders. The Accountability Wizard® is based on Charities Review Council’s 25 Accountability Standards®, a balance of nonprofit sector promising practices, public expectations, and legal requirements, representing the shared expectations between donors and nonprofits. The review process examined four key areas: Public Disclosure, Governance, Financial Activity, and Fundraising. As a result, United Way of Southwest Minnesota has continued to align its practices, policies and procedures to widely accepted standards of accountability, leading them to greater strength, efficacy and to the achievement of the Meets Standards® seal. By participating in the Accountability Wizard® review process, United Way of Southwest Minnesota demonstrates responsibility, integrity and transparency to donors as well as the general public.
United Way of Southwest Minnesota’s full review report is available online at www.smartgivers.org, and the organization will also be listed in Charities Review Council’s bi-annual Smart Giver Newsletter. United Way of Southwest Minnesota originally earned the Meets Standards seal in 2015, 2018 and recently went through the valuable review process again. United Way of Southwest Minnesota is proud of this special designation and encourages other southwest Minnesota non-profits to go through the process as well.