November 17, 2015

5 BBB Tips to Ensure Wise Giving on #GivingTuesday

BBB Wise Giving Alliance Urges Donors to Research before GivingArlington, VA – Each year, American charities receive one-third of their annual donations during the holiday giving season. With Dec. 1 mar..
November 11, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Veterans Organizations

On Veterans Day, our thoughts turn to veterans and military service members, especially those in need of assistance.  Charities devoted to the various needs of veterans and their families deserve o..
November 5, 2015

Helen O’Rourke McClary

Helen O’Rourke McClary, who helped establish and grow one of our predecessor organizations, the Philanthropic Advisory Service of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, passed away on October 22, 2015...
November 4, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Board Oversight & Planning

One of most important stewardship responsibilities of a charity’s board of directors is carrying out its planning functions. As mentioned in a previous Wise Giving Wednesday blog post, part of that plan..
October 28, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Charities & Cybersecurity

There are two types of nonprofit organizations: those that have been hacked, and those who don’t know they have been hacked.  This memorable point was raised earlier in October, by a panelist durin..
October 23, 2015

Hurricane Patricia Donation Tips

In anticipation of Hurricane Patricia that is expected to hit the Pacific coast of Mexico, BBB Wise Giving Alliance urges donors to consider the following tips so they might avoid questionable appeals o..
October 21, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday – Building Trust Part 15 – Detailed Expense Breakdown

The old expression “the devil is in the details” is often used to remind us that we need to pay attention to the fine print if we are to ensure a thorough understanding of contracts and other written ag..
October 14, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday – Building Trust Part 14 - Charity Budgeting

“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”  This priceless quote from the late Yogi Berra, the witty, retired baseball professional who passed away on September 22, 2015, reminds us of the financial ne..
October 9, 2015

BBB WGA Offers Tips for South Carolina Flood Relief

Arlington, VA – October 9, 2015 – As South Carolina works to overcome the aftermath of the historic and devastating flood that has impacted many homes and communities, many Americans are supportin..
October 7, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Emerging Trends in Disaster Fundraising

On Monday, October 5th, I was part of a panel discussion about emerging trends in disaster fundraising at the Washington DC annual meeting of the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) ..