August 24, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: US Olympic Swimmers Controversy & Charities

The allegations surrounding the behavior of Ryan Lochte and other Olympic swimmers during a stop at a gas station in Rio created an international embarrassment.  It’s a sad result for these athlete..
August 17, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Helping Flood Victims in Louisiana

About a month ago, we wrote about floods in West Virginia and now we sadly note that Louisiana has also experienced devastating floods as well. The Louisiana Governor's office reports that over 12,..
August 10, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: USOC Seeks Olympic Gold

As we watch the Olympic games on our televisions, tablets and smart phones, we are mesmerized by the skills and abilities of the athletes competing in Rio.  And during the commercial breaks for the..
August 3, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Dialing for Dollars

From time to time, the majority of us will receive phone calls at home requesting contributions. Although the most common reaction is to hang up, the reality is that telemarketing continues to serve as ..
July 27, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: The Increasing Number of New Charities in the U.S.

In 2014, the IRS introduced a new, simpler application form for charitable tax-exempt status – the IRS Form 1023-EZ.  Some were apprehensive about making it easier to obtain charitable-exempt statu..
July 20, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Fundraising for Fallen Police Officers

While every community recognizes the vital work of its police and law enforcement officers, the recent tragedies involving the shooting of police has magnified the risks law enforcement faces in carryin..
July 13, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Article on Building Trust Appears in Advancing Philanthropy Magazine

I was grateful and honored to submit an article about charity transparency that appears in the summer 2016 issue of Advancing Philanthropy, the quarterly magazine produced by the Association of Fundrais..
July 6, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Telemarketing Scam Offers “Government Grants for a Fee”

Today, we are told the Megamillions Jackpot in the U.S. has risen to a half-billion dollars. Who doesn’t love the idea of winning a mountain of money for a ticket that costs a couple of bucks?  The..
June 29, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Donation Tips for West Virginia Floods

Arlington, VA – With nearly two dozen dead and more than 1,200 homes destroyed, the floods in West Virginia are among the most deadly ever to hit the United States. As always with a natural disaste..
June 22, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: The Summer Heat and Firefighting Organizations

The summer heat wave is hitting parts of the United States with wildfires in California and especially across Arizona where temperatures have exceeded 115 degrees. As these events unfold, I am reminded ..