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Accreditation Process

Neighbor To Nation participating charities are some of the finest, most respected, and most fiscally accountable charities in the country. Why? Because our charities undergo a rigorous accreditation process designed to ensure compliance with high standards of accountability and transparency. In addition to the baseline requirements below, participating charities meet additional standards for participation in each campaign.

Neighbor To Nation’ stringent accreditation process creates an impressive list of highly qualified members. This is a group to which charities are proud to belong and to which donors can give with confidence. Among other criteria, NTN members must demonstrate the following:


Neighbor To Nation members are all recognized IRS 501(c)3 organizations with a current tax exemption status. NTN also requires members to provide their bylaws and articles of incorporation as further proof that they are a bona fide nonprofit organization.


Neighbor To Nation participants undergo an audit by an independent accountant every year. They produce an annual IRS Form 990 detailing financial information about their organization. Neighbor To Nation requires its participants to demonstrate excellent financial stewardship by maintaining an Administrative and Fundraising Ratio (AFR) of under 25%. Charities that do not meet this requirement must provide a satisfactory and detailed explanation, and are not eligible to participate in some campaigns. Neighbor To Nation charities must also have a current fundraising registration in each state in which they participate in campaigns, demonstrating integrity and compliance in fundraising practices.


Neighbor To Nation participants must meet program services requirements for each campaign in which they participate. Many campaigns require local services or local presence; for others, NTN must verify that its charities provide adequate national or international services. NTN collects detailed data from each charity to confirm that these required services are being provided. NTN participants must also certify and present evidence that their fundraising messaging accurately reflects their actual program services.


  • Program services in fifteen or more states or one foreign country
  • Tax exempt under IRS section 501(c)(3)
  • Human health and welfare organization
  • Accounts for funds on an accrual basis in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and independent audit that meets generally accepted accounting standards
  • Prepares an IRS 990 or IRS 990 Pro Forma
  • AFR of under 25% or satisfactory and detailed explanation of higher overhead
  • Independent, uncompensated Board of Directors
  • Does not sell or lease CFC contributor lists
  • Truthful promotional activities
  • Truthful use of funds
  • Compliance with federal economic sanctions
  • Statement of Faith