September 9, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Syrian Refugee Relief

Fleeing an area of conflict with just the clothes on your back and what you can carry is a nightmare none of us ever want to experience.  So when media attention is drawn to refugees from Syria pou..
September 8, 2015

BBB Wise Giving Alliance Issues Donor Advisory for Syrian Refugee Assistance

Arlington, VA - September 8, 2015 – As the Syrian refugee crisis continues to grow, BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) warns donors to be cautious when making donations to assist refugees in need.&..
September 2, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday - Building Trust Part 13

When people are asked about a charity’s “transparency,” the most likely response is whether the charity makes its financial statements available. Although BBB WGA believes that true transparency, as ref..
August 26, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday – Building Trust Part 12

Unless told otherwise, donors are going to expect their contributions to be used for current purposes. This common sense principle is especially evident in disaster relief appeals when emergency assista..
August 19, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday - Collaboration

Almost 400 hundred years ago, the famous English poet John Donne said that “no man is an island.” In many ways, the same can be said for charities as well. While each charity carries out its own mission..
August 12, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday – Building Trust Part 11

Two years ago, when the BBB Wise Giving Alliance was one of the co-signers on The Overhead Myth letter, more than one charity executive approached me with the mistaken impression that we were no longer ..
August 5, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday – Donor Engagement

While most charities keep good records of the cumulative value of a donor’s gifts, a growing number of charities are recognizing the added value of engaging donors as part of their outreach activities. ..
July 29, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday - Crowdfunding & Philanthropy

The crowdfunding concept got its start over 15 years ago as a means to collect small gifts from a large group of people to support a project, person or organization. Within a short time it grew in both ..
July 22, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday - Workplace Giving

While workplace giving is a well-established employee outreach activity at most major companies, it has changed and evolved over the years in very significant ways.  At one time, United Way and oth..
July 15, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday - Youth & Volunteering

Volunteers at charities have always played an essential role in the growth of philanthropy. Whether it consists of friends and family helping to raise money for a favorite cause or neighborhood youth as..