A charities purpose is to help the needy, serve a cause in question and to do so through accountable measures validating to the claims they make relevant to the target. You should find it possible to easily access proof of these goals being achieved and that the said accomplishments are being continually pursued. Don't just ask simple patent questions but feel free to go in to more dept-driven analysis and press the charity to provide answers that meet your criterion. charities that insist on simple generic feedback should always raise a red flag. These organizations owe it to their causes and have an obligation to you as you and others like you are the very reason such charities exist.
Your not just going to want to ask about standard practices such as the number of activities they are involved in or currently pursuing nor should you be satisfied with basic answers simply referring the number of people served. It is crucial that you hold charities accountable and press them to share not only what they're up to but what their capacity is for achieving the claims they represent over the long haul. Your financial contributions are used by these organizations for many things and keep the charity in business so just make sure it is being spent how you want against how they say it is being spent.