August 9, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: Phishing Scam Mimics BBB Complaint

Cybersecurity is a concern for everyone in philanthropy. And, the Better Business Bureau name, like other well-known entities, is not immune to being abused by scammers. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance and..
August 2, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: Storytelling in Charity Appeals

Last November, I wrote an article that appeared in the Huffington Post in which I shared a very personal story from my childhood to help make a point about encouraging collaboration among charitable org..
July 26, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: Photographs in Charity Appeals

Earlier this year, Wise Giving Wednesday featured a news item about an alleged fundraising fraud involving the use of a photo of a boy fighting cancer. When we hear about things like this, our heart sin..
July 19, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: 100% Claims in Charity Appeals

A statement used in a charity appeal can be accurate but may still provide a misleading impression to donors. While each appeal aims to make a strong case for support, there are certain phrase..
July 12, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: Charity Sweepstakes Scam

You receive a call stating that you’ve won $450,000 in a charity sweepstakes!  What, too good to be true you say?  Well, the caller says she is with a government agency in Washington DC, your ..
July 5, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: Philanthropic Freedom

As we return from the July 4th holiday weekend of celebrations of USA’s birthday, I am reminded not only of the freedoms all of us cherish but also of the wide diversity and liberty experienced by chari..
June 28, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: Golfing “Fore” Charity

For many of us, July 4th brings to mind family outings, community concerts and fireworks which all contribute to make it a fun celebration. In the world of charity fundraising, summer fun for donors is ..
June 21, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: Charity Accountability and Terrorist Financing Issues

Last week, I was in Berlin, Germany participating in the Annual Meeting of the International Committee on Fundraising Organizations (ICFO) which is an international association of 18 national charity mo..
June 14, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: $390 Billion Donated in 2016

Giving USA, the annual summary of U.S. giving statistics produced by the Indiana University Lily Family School of Philanthropy, just released figures for 2016 giving this week.  As reported in the ..
June 7, 2017

Wise Giving Wednesday: One Love Manchester and Charity Concerts

Ariana Grande’s benefit concert on June 4th, One Love Manchester, helped raise over $3 million for the British Red Cross to benefit the victims of the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena in Englan..