SPRING CITY PA – What makes a good non-profit “good,” besides the worthiness of its cause? A TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce speaker says the best charities are distinguished by five different qualities consumers should look for when considering any donations: financial stability, management, collaboration, engagement, and what they accomplish.

Jill Michal

Jill Michal

Jill M. Michal, president of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, thinks that how a charity works with others in a community – even those with which it competes for funding – demonstrates both its character and credibility. Communities, she says, need to collaborate in united efforts to solve their problems.

Michal was the guest speaker during the April luncheon meeting of the chamber’s Women of the Workforce (WOW) group, held at Spring Hollow Golf Course, 3350 Schuylkill Rd. Her talk was titled “Philanthropy – Getting a Good Return on Your Investment.”

During tough economic times, Michal adds, non-profits must prove their financial stability. The best have at least three to six months of cash on hand to cover operating costs, she believes.

Photo by the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce