National Relief Charities has been certified as a “Best in America” charity by Independent Charities of America (ICA). Of the 1 million charities operating in the U.S. today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000 (or 5%) meet or exceed the ICA standards and, of those, fewer than 2,000 (or 2%) have earned this certification. In other words, displaying this seal is a status reserved for what ICA considers to be America’s “best charities.”
Earning this certification is dependent upon a detailed, independent review by the ICA. The ICA standards include evaluation of a charity’s 990, financial audit, Board, fundraising materials, substantive programs, and charitable 501(c)(3) standing. The ICA also considers the standards required by the United States government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Please see my earlier blog post about the CFC and NRC’s participation. (We participate in the CFC catalog under our program name, American Indian Relief Council, so that folks will know what we do!)
Once a charity review is completed, the ICA certifies that the charity has documented and demonstrated that, on an annual basis, they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness. We are proud to meet these standards and to be among the ICA’s Best in America charities.