Assessment Tools

Easter Seals Dixon Center embraces many tools and resources as we analyze organizations and encourage collaboration, transparency and repeatable community-driven outcomes. Over time, we will be adding our own unique frameworks and tools given the pressing need for organizations to transparently deliver for veterans, military families and families of the fallen.  

We encourage the use of these tools supplied by the following organizations:

Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed giving decisions and advances high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. The Alliance produces in-depth evaluative reports on national charities based on comprehensive Standards for Charity Accountability. National charities that meet the standards can apply to participate in the Alliance’s National Charity Seal program. The Alliance does not rank charities but rather seeks to assist donors in making informed judgments about charities soliciting their support.

GuideStar’s mission is “To revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.” Guidestar’s database is vast and offers a context-rich way by which to compare organizations., created by the Foundation Center, is focused on transparency in philanthropy. Through their Web site, they offer tools, scorecards and frameworks to evaluate an organization and help it to become more clear about what its doing and the impact that it is having.

Lincoln Community Foundation -- Veteran Support Initiative (PDF) 
Lincoln Community Foundation’s Veteran Support Initiative involved the design of a replication model for community foundation-led collaborative efforts that seek to improve the circumstances of service members and their families, as they transition home from war.

The American Institute of Philanthropy
The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) is a nonprofit organization that provides information about charities' financial efficiency, accountability, governance, and fundraising. Its official website is known as CharityWatch. Charity financial reporting can be inconsistent, unclear, and occasionally unethical or fraudulent, thus the organization acts as an independent clearing house for charitable information. AIP analyzes charity financial documents to identify charities that are financially efficient, and ones that are not, and publishes its findings.

For more information on how Easter Seals Dixon Center can consult and advise your organization please contact us.