Certification Process

Why you can give with confidence

Our annual certification process is based on 3 critical principals:

Nonprofit Status

We verify the nonprofit status as an IRS 501(c)(3) charity. This verified status means that your donations are tax deductible.

Annual Tax Return

We review each nonprofit’s annual tax return – the IRS Form 990 – for completeness and filing status.

Audit Review

Nonprofits that raise more than $100,000 in a fiscal year must have audited financial statements or a review by an independent 3rd party (Certified Public Accountant).

Program Review

We review mission, program, and services to ensure that donations and grants are spent on actual programs and have significant impact.

Expenses Review

We calculate revenue versus dollars spent on administrative and fundraising expenses to ensure it is a reasonable ratio. On occasion, a nonprofit will exceed a reasonable level for a valid reason, like losing a large grant or suffering a temporary shutdown due to COVID. In this case, a nonprofit is flagged and allowed 1-2 years to create and execute a plan to lower their program to administration/fundraising ratio. We don’t want to punish an otherwise worthwhile nonprofit when a large source of funding is lost for valid reasons.

Who Performs This Annual Review?

Conserve Now relies on the services of our fundraising counsel, Maguire/Maguire, to prescreen potential nonprofit partners. Our board of directors then annually review all application submissions for completeness and various regulatory compliance for ultimate certification.

Conserve Now has relied on the expertise and support of Maguire/Maguire for 25 years, whose staff are among the most respected and authoritative teams in nonprofit accountability in the country.