Celebrating Tax Day with Transparency
Today is April 15th, otherwise known as Tax Day in the United States. Millions of Americans will be frantically rushing to the post office to file their returns for the IRS. Many will be cursing under their breath and asking themselves, “Where does all my money go?”
You’ll be glad to know this question is answered right here. But you should probably clear your schedule first. The summary document alone is 216 pages long. While the US government is legally obliged to be as “transparent” as possible when it comes to how it spends your money, it is not obliged to be helpful in the process.
To mark Tax Day, and honor open transparency, a vital component of democracy, PDT is launching its own transparency page.
Our goal is to make it as clear as possible for our donors and partners to understand where the money went, and what it did when it got there. We will be posting:
- PDT’s audited financial statements
- Third party reviews of our projects
- Internal reviews conducted by our own staff
- Failure reports
We believe that by making ourselves more accountable and open, PDT will be more effective and efficient. It will also help other organizations learn from our successes and failures, contributing to improvement of the overall aid industry.
So, happy Tax Day. (And if you urgently need to find your nearest post office, look here.)