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Wise Giving Wednesday: Helping People Impacted by the Government Shutdown

Jan 9, 2019

As a result of the continuing U.S. federal government shutdown, concerns have been raised about federal workers who are not being paid. In addition, some Americans households that rely on food stamps and other federal programs may not be able to receive the assistance they need. For those considering addressing these and other associated problems through their charitable giving, BBB Wise Giving Alliance offers the following advice.

Support food banks and other social service charities. Consider donations to local food banks and other social service charities that are expecting to meet increased demands. Keep in mind that some of these welcome both in-kind and cash gifts.

Be wary of newly created entities.  Watch out for new charities created to address these circumstances. While most are probably well-intentioned, they may not be able to deliver quickly on promised assistance.

Crowdfunding options. Some people in need may post requests for help on crowdfunding sites. It is safest to support those postings for people that you personally know. Not all crowdfunding sites have effective vetting procedures to root out all questionable requests. Also remember to review how the site is administered in terms of transaction fees and when funds are released to the individuals requesting help.  Please also keep in mind that news reports allege there may be government ethics rules violations for government employees that participate in such postings.

Donate to BBB Accredited Charities.  You can help verify a charity’s trustworthiness by viewing an evaluative report completed by BBB Wise Giving Alliance or a BBB in your area. Visit

Video of the Week

On a separate note, as part of our Building Trust Video Series, we are pleased to provide a video that features Jim Mitchum, CEO of Heart to Heart International (a BBB Accredited Charity), an international humanitarian aid organization that responds to natural and man-made disasters worldwide with volunteers on the ground and emergency relief supplies.

Recent Reports

We are always working with charities to publish or update reports for donors. Visit or local BBBs to check out any charity before giving. Our recently evaluated charities include:

Finally, remember to let us know by going to 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