Georgia Animal Rescue & Defence Inc,  Government Filings

Charity Navigator & GARD

Remember the Charity Navigator page I mentioned a while back? From their page:

2. Check for evidence of the charity’s commitment to accountability and transparency

  • Website: The best charities are transparent and accountable to the public. You should be able to see evidence of this in the information they provide on their web site. Can you readily find information about the charity’s staff and Board of Directors? Did the charity publish its financial information such as its most recently filed Form 990 or audit?  
  • Respecting Donors: Find out if a charity has a donor privacy policy.  If you can’t find the privacy policy on the organization’s website, ask to see it in writing.  You should have the option to request that your name and address not be shared with other organizations, if you wish. Some charities require that you “opt-out” of having your personal information shared. If that’s the case with the charity you are planning to support, then be sure to take the time to let them know that you want them to keep your contact information confidential. For example of the over 9,043 charities we currently rate, 44% have a strict donor privacy policy and 6% have an opt-out donor privacy policy.  
  • Read the news: Check the charity’s recent media coverage through Google news or another similar service.
  • Form 990: Look at pages 3-6 to see if the charity is committed to best practices. For example, does it have a conflict of interest policy? Does it have a whistleblower policy? Does it have a process for setting the CEO’s pay?

Examining GARD’s 990s from 2016-2019 and 2011, one notes the organization has no conflict of interest or whistleblower policies. Nor had GARD posted its own 990s to its website until the past couple of days. Take a look at the Wayback Machine to view their previous site screenshots. Suppose my now-deleted Facebook page did some good after all.

Edit: After looking through GARD’s website it’s clear it hasn’t been updated in some time. The Board of Directors is incorrect and several years’ 990s are missing. Oh well.

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