On Monday, BBB Wise Giving Alliance along with BBB’s distributed a press release that included advice on contributing to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts along with a list of BBB Accredited Charities raising funds. And now, Southeast Texas, as well as parts of Louisiana, are bracing for Harvey’s return. As reported on CNN, the numbers are staggering: 11 trillion gallons of rain already dumped on Texas, 13 million people under flood watch warnings, 3,400 water rescues and an estimated 30,000 people who will need temporary shelter.
As the storm system continues its damage, we must also keep in mind one of the most important lessons from fundraising efforts of disasters past: giving to established, experienced and vetted relief organizations is one of the best ways to help. Here are just some of the advantages:
So, our message to those seeking to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey is to help point family and friends to trusted relief organizations that meet the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability (i.e., BBB Accredited Charities.)
As part of our Building Trust Video series, we are pleased to provide a video that features Bruce Wilkinson, President and CEO, Catholic Medical Mission Board (a BBB Accredited Charity) which seeks to build the healthcare capacity of local communities. Its programs focus primarily on the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and childhood illnesses such as respiratory illnesses, malnutrition, measles, malaria and diarrhea. In addition to Cotes-de-Fer and Haiti, the Board addresses needs in Peru, Kenya, South Sudan and Zambia.
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