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 England. This concert received worldwide attention and featured a variety of famous performers including Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Black Eyed Peas, Pharrell, Coldplay and others. The event also demonstrates how quickly people of concern can come together to help those in need.
We are also reminded that not all charity concerts are conducted in response to major tragedies. During the spring, summer and extending into early fall, some cities and towns draw crowds for other music festivals to benefit charity. They have become quite commonplace not only to raise funds for specified charities but to also increase awareness of causes. But before you go online to purchase concert tickets for an upcoming charity event, we offer the following advice to keep in mind:
As part of our Building Trust Video series, we are pleased to provide a video of Elena Davis, Founder of I Am Waters Foundation (a BBB Accredited Charity) I Am Waters works to provide access to clean drinking water to the homeless population.
We are always working with charities to publish or update reports for donors. Visit Give.org or local BBBs to check out any charity before giving. Our recently evaluated charities include:
Finally, remember to let us know by going to https://www.give.org/ask-us-about-a-charity1/ if you are interested in seeing a report on a charity not on the list and we will do our best to produce one.
H. Art Taylor, President & CEO
BBB Wise Giving Alliance