2007 Charities Guide by NAVS (pdf file)
Many people do not realize when they donate to a health charity, they may be helping to fund animal experiments that have little to do with helping those in need. Charitiesinfo.org seeks to promote informed giving to make good sound, compassionate giving choices.
Check out your favorite charities, their financial activities and salaries with a quick click on the links below.
Easy to use resource for charities' performance is Charity Navigator http://www.charitynavigator.org/ . It allows you to browse by category, or you can type the name of the charity you want to investigate in the search box. It shows you easy to read page with expenses breakdown graph, revenues, net assets and salaries.
Another resource, BBB Wise Giving Alliance,
The most detailed and revealing site is GuideStar It!
http://www.guidestar.org/ . It offers IRS tax returns where you can find detailed information about program expenses, donors, assets and salaries for the last few years. It requires you to register for free basic account, but the few minutes required to register are worth it considering the wealth of information on this site. If you choose to go with paid premium subscription, you will get access to extra features: