Third party validation goes along way. It’s no surprise that pretty much every charity is going to tell you how fantastic they are. You can’t hold it against them for the most part unless they are grossly negligent and downright reckless in pushing out their self-support content. Charities are there to raise money and want you to think they are the berries. But it is your responsibility not to merely take them at their word you must dig deeper to ensure their material is an accurate reflection of the reality. Remember that the whole purpose is to help those in need so keep that in mind when considering a charity to get involved with.
That being said sure fire way to assess a charity’s track record is to read it and hear it from others on your side of the fence. Credibility matters so recognize the more establishes sources are better bets for solid information. Do yourself a solid and poke around to find out if your new charity of choice has been covered by objective qualified outsiders. Great sources and places to start are industry related publications including print and digital sources that can go a long way to help verify what you’ve been led to believe by the charity in question. You’re doing anything wrong by wanting to confirm any charity’s proclamations. It would be wrong not to. The rest is fairly commons sense. You’ll see quickly when outside sources are in conflict with a charities material. When that happens you have become informed and will make much better and more logical decisions. Charities are about achieving results for their cause. You can influence the process and keep the industry on the level doing the right things for all.