Programs that are responsible for managing the registration of charitable organizations, professional fundraisers and solicitors; monitoring registration renewals; accepting required financial documents relating to their activities, fund-raising contracts and reports; and reviewing submitted documentation to ensure that charities are in compliance with the law. The objective of charitable registration is to ensure that donors and beneficiaries of charities are protected from unscrupulous practices in the solicitation and management of charitable assets and that the public has access to basic information about how charities spend their contributions.
Programs that issue permits which provide written authorization for charitable institutions to conduct public solicitation campaigns or to hold dances, shows, sales, concerts, lectures or other special events for the purpose of collecting money for charity.
The purposes for which grant dollars provided by foundations and other funding organizations are designated (e.g., capital support, endowments, research) and/or the types of activities organizations engage in to fund their programs (e.g., nonprofit retail stores).
Organizations whose members are foundations, nonprofit organizations or individuals who have affiliated for the purpose of increasing public awareness and understanding of corporate and charitable giving and the role it plays in society and promoting the practice of charitable giving and voluntarism on the part of individuals and organizations. Also included are organizations that study the general role of philanthropy in society and seek to promote the practice of charitable giving and voluntarism on the part of individuals and organizations.
Programs that help nonprofit organizations and other groups raise money to support their programs and services or raise money on behalf of other organizations as a service; help unincorporated organizations achieve fiscal sponsorship in order to obtain funding; and ensure that these organizations understand and comply with federal, provincial and local charitable solicitation regulations when they implement their fundraising plan.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.