March 16, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Wounded Warrior Project

Each year, some of the nationally soliciting charities on which we report, face public allegations. These can range anywhere from questions about the accuracy of financial references in their communicat..
March 9, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Online Giving 7.1% of 2015 Total

With all the attention given to charities’ use of technology, the internet and social media, you would think that the online environment is the dominant fundraising engine that fuels philanthropy. While..
March 2, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Charity Trustworthiness

I often point out that the BBB Wise Giving Alliance is a standards-based charity evaluator that seeks to verify the trustworthiness of charities by completing rigorous evaluations based on 20 holistic s..
February 24, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Charity Phone Appeals

Like any other form of fundraising, telephone appeals can help a charity or become a significant failure if not managed well.  In general the most successful phone appeals take place when an organi..
February 17, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Celebrities & Charities

The Golden Globes. The Grammys.  The Oscars.  As January and February are the heart of awards season for movie stars and recording artists, we are reminded that many celebrities also use this ..
February 10, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: The GAAP in Charity Financial Figures

As a former independent auditor, it’s hard for me to imagine a world in which there are no standards for charity financial statements. In such a world, organizations could produce financial statements w..
February 3, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles

Since 1994, GuideStar has been most known for providing access to the annual federal financial forms filed by charities and other tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, the IRS Form 990.  A few weeks ..
February 1, 2016

BBB Warns Charities of Fake Check Scam

Arlington, VA – February 1, 2016 – BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) is warning charities nationwide to be on the alert for a fake-check overpayment scam.  An individual using the name “Kenneth Mc..
January 27, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Charities and Data Privacy Day

January 28, 2016 is Data Privacy Day which commemorates the signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Although this day has been..
January 20, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: BBB Charity Standards & The Charity Impact Issue

As charity impact continues to be a subject of significant interest, I thought it would be helpful to clarify our position on this. First, the subject of charity impact (also called results reporting) h..