This year experienced more than its share of disasters and tragedy. Yet again we are faced with the results of another mass shooting − this past Sunday at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. As reported, 26 people were killed, about 4% of the town’s 600 residents. It is beyond heart wrenching and is difficult to comprehend. Understandably, many are drawn to help the victims and their families and have turned to crowdfunding sites to make donations to help pay for medical costs, funerals and other needs.
BBB Wise Giving Alliance recommends that before one makes donations towards these efforts, review the tips included within our advisory: “Charitable Giving After a Tragedy.” One of the important points raised in this piece is that organizations or individuals raising funds to help victims of a tragedy should first get permission from the families to use either the names of the victims and/or any photographs of them. Also, while some crowdfunding sites have established measures to catch questionable entries that appear after a tragedy, others are not so careful.
And, of course, watch out for vague crowdfunding appeals that don’t; identify the intended use of funds. It should be specific such as specifying it will be used to help pay for funeral expenses.
Video of the Week
As part of our Building Trust Video Series we are pleased to provide a video featuring an interview with Peter Bale, CEO of The Center for Public Integrity (a BBB Accredited Charity). The Center conducts nonpartisan, independent investigative journalism about money in politics, the environment, labor, juvenile justice, national security, business, and health.
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H. Art Taylor, President & CEO
BBB Wise Giving Alliance