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Glossary

Board Members Listed:

Our analysts check to see if the charity lists Board members on its website. Publishing this information enables donors and other stakeholders to ascertain the make up of the charity's governing body. This enables stakeholders to report concerns to the Board. Charity Navigator does not cross-check the Board members listed on the website with that reported on the Form 990 because the latter often isn't available until more than a year after the charity's fiscal year ends. In that time, the charity's Board members may have changed and the charity typically reflects those more recent changes on the website.  In other words, since the Form 990 isn't especially timely, it can not be used to verify the Board information published on the charity's site.

If a charity does not publish board members on its website, then we deduct 4 points from its Accountability and Transparency score.