April 26, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: Matching Gifts Should Match

If a child, who already has a bicycle, asks his/her parents for a new flashy model, they might prompt the child to help make that happen: “If you save enough for a third of the cost of the new bike, we’..
April 19, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: If You Don’t Want Charities to Call

Many charities raise funds using telemarketing and do so responsibly, but there are others that some donors find annoying for a variety of reasons including the timing and frequency of the phone appeals..
April 12, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: Charity Under the Big Top – Circus Fundraising Events

Earlier this year, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus announced their closing after 146 years and are now in their final performances ending sometime in May. Falling ticket sales, criticism fro..
April 5, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: Change for Charities – Rounding Up Your Register Bill

On a daily basis, most of us receive charitable appeals of some kind but an increasingly popular one is the request to round up your bill at the supermarket or other store register and agree to donate y..
March 29, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: Charitable Weddings

With the start of spring and warmer weather also comes thoughts of weddings and other planned happy events.  As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on March 17, 2017, however, one 24-year old you..
March 22, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: Fighting Future Fundraising Fraud

Yesterday in Washington, DC,  the Federal Trade Commission held its first charity conference: Give & Take: Consumers, Contributions and Charity. Both Bennett Weiner (BBB WGA’s Chief Operating O..
March 15, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: Fundraising Photos

Several days ago, a CBS story reported that a couple in New York was arrested for allegedly using social media and other communications to defraud donors by raising money using a picture of a boy fighti..
March 8, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: International Women’s Day

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day which is a “global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.”  It has been observed since the early 1900s an..
March 1, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: And the Oscar® Goes To…Charity Ribbons

As a symbol of achievement in the movie industry and perhaps worldwide, the Oscars are probably one of the most recognized awards given out today. While there is no equivalent in philanthropy, it is int..
February 22, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: IRS “Dirty Dozen” List Includes Fake Charity Warning

For a number of years, the Internal Revenue Service has come out with its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams to help people avoid schemes that may impact them during tax filing season. This year “fa..