Final Report of the Panel
In June 2005, the Panel released a comprehensive series of recommendations intended to strengthen the ability of the nation’s 1.3 million charities and foundations to serve as responsible stewards of the public’s generosity.
This final report (.pdf, 740 kb), which incorporated input from thousands of people across the charitable community provided through field hearings and national conference calls, proposes a carefully integrated package of actions from charitable organizations, from Congress, and from the Internal Revenue Service. It recommends more than 120 actions to be taken by charitable organizations, by Congress, and by the Internal Revenue Service, which together would strengthen the sector’s transparency, governance, and accountability.
The Panel is encouraging charitable organizations to sign on to the
report as a way to demonstrate to the public their commitment to the
highest standards of ethical operation. Use the online form to add your organization to the list of endorsers. Also, see the list of organizations and individuals who have already signed on.
The Panel will offer supplemental comments in the fall on issues of
financial reporting and transparency, accreditation and standard
setting, and possible changes in the legal framework, including federal
and state regulation of fundraising activities.
This April the Panel released a Supplemental Report that examined nine areas and made more than 20 additional recommendations.
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Download a copy of the Final Report. (.pdf, 740 kb)