Warren Buffett Says “Excellence In Management and Operations”

You can get a sense of how tightly an organization’s ship is run by looking at any public facilities it runs to see if the space is clean, safe and inviting. “Take a look at the organization’s website and social media to see how it approaches marketing and communications,” Riccio says. “Look for signs that the organization communicates clearly, consistently and professionally.”

And take a good look at the staff to get a sense of who’s behind the cause: The board of directors is responsible for everything from the organization’s financial accountability to preserving its mission, and the executive director “has overall responsibility for executing the organization’s strategy, managing the staff and operations, and is often heavily engaged in fund-raising,” says Riccio.