BBB Wise Giving Alliance Urges Donors to Check Out Groups Before Giving; Offers Tips, List of Accredited Veterans’ Charities
Washington DC (July 19, 2018) – BBB Wise Giving Alliance (Give.org), the charity monitoring organization affiliated with the Better Business Bureau, joined today with the Federal Trade Commission, state Attorneys General and state charity regulators to help the donating public avoid misleading charity appeals and find trustworthy veterans’ organizations to support. The event was held at the FTC’s headquarters in Washington, DC to announce the latest enforcement actions against veterans’ charities.
“Americans have a strong interest in supporting charitable organizations helping veterans or active duty service members,” said H. Art Taylor, president and CEO, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, “which is why it is particularly disheartening that we hear about recent government actions that identified misleading appeals from charities that claimed to help our service members. As with any charity appeal, we urge donors to exercise caution and check out organizations before making a giving decision.”
As potential donors respond to appeals from such organizations, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance offers the following advisory tips:
For more tips on giving to charities including mailing list removal, car donations, and sweepstakes appeals, visit our giving guidance and tips page.
The following provides links to BBB Wise Giving Alliance reports on the six veterans charities referenced in today’s FTC’s press conference. These charities did not disclose any of the requested information to BBB WGA.
To view BBB WGA President and CEO Art Taylor's interviews with a representative of the FTC and three state law enforcement officials, visit our YouTube Channel.
Below is a list of 26 nationally soliciting veterans and military service charities that meet the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability (i.e., BBB Accredited Charities):
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About BBB Wise Giving Alliance: BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) is a standards-based charity evaluator that seeks to verify the trustworthiness of nationally soliciting charities by completing rigorous evaluations based on 20 holistic standards that address charity governance, results reporting, finances, fundraising, appeal accuracy and other issues. The BBB WGA produces national charity reports and local Better Business Bureaus produce local charity reports – all reports are available at Give.org.
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