Alaska Community Foundation

Juneau Nonprofits

Investing in Your Community: Giving to Juneau Nonprofit Organizations

Some donors react to grant requests and support organizations they know, trusting that good things will happen with the grants they make. Some donors are charitable investors who strive to make a strategic, measurable impact on the community. Ultimately, successful charitable investments will result in positive changes on the quality of life in this community.

The Juneau Community Foundation believes it is important, when considering a major donation, to assess whether a nonprofit’s programs are working and, if so, whether the nonprofit has the capacity to fulfill its mission using the following baseline of recommended best practices for nonprofit organizations.

Criteria Recommended Best Practice

  • Programs have measurable performance criteria and program results are favorable;
  • perating budget revenue meets or exceeds expenses andgrowth in revenue exceeds the rate of inflation;
  • Three Questions to Guide Charitable Investors

    What result will my dollars achieve?

    What are the chances that my dollars will, in fact, achieve those results?

    Is this the best possible use of my money?
  • Income sources include a balance of three or more sources is ideal;
  • Operating reserves include a three to six months savings reserve;
  • Administrative and fundraising expense as compared to program expense at 25% or less is ideal;
  • 35% or less is permissible;
  • Senior leadership of board and staff;
  • Executive compensation is in line with overall performance, budget, staff, and size of the organization;
  • Transparency including current information regarding the organization, such as IRS Form 990 reports and audits, are accessible through GuideStar or IRS website;
  • Board meets regularly in a policy mode with meeting attendance rate 67% or greater.
Other ideas to help you identify a charitable organization you are passionate about include talking with the charity, attending board meetings, and touring its facilities. This gives you a chance to learn first-hand about the organization’s goals and challenges.

Identifying Charitable Nonprofit Organizations

Use GudeStar to search for Juneau nonprofit organizations. You can also search for any nonprofit organizations in the United States. To begin your search enter “Juneau” below in the second line of Search GuideStar; or, if you know the name of the organization you are interested in, enter the name, city and state. It is not necessary to login or register, however, if you do register for free, you will be able to access more information about the non-profit organizations that interest you.