January 13, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: New Charities & Accountability

As reported in The NonProfit Times, a shorter version of the IRS application form for charitable tax-exempt status (IRS Form 1023–EZ) was introduced in 2014 to help the IRS deal with a backlog of applic..
January 6, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: New Year’s Tips on Trustworthy Charities

Happy New Year! As this is the first week of 2016, it’s natural for everyone to think of resolutions to improve. As important as they are, I am not talking about diet and exercise, but about being bette..
December 30, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: The Clock is Ticking for Year End Giving

For those U.S. donors seeking to get a 2015 tax deduction for charitable gifts, the clock is ticking. By the time this blog is posted, there will be less than 48 hours left for this opportunity. Not sur..
December 23, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Congress, Spending Bills & Charities

In the past week, Congress passed the spending bill (Consolidated Appropriations Bill, H.R. 2029) that pays for the Federal Government until next fall. What many don’t realize, however, is that this bil..
December 16, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Microloans, Poverty and Charitable Giving

Today, as the U.S. Federal Reserve is set to announce the first interest rate hike in almost 10 years, many point to this as a sign of a healthy, growing economy. The implications of this change on lend..
December 9, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Handling Complaints About Charities

Most of the activity on the Give.org website comes from individuals seeking to verify a charity’s trustworthiness before they make a donation. This is accomplished by reviewing our reports to see if the..
December 2, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Environmental Organizations

The United Nations Climate Change Conference is taking place in Paris this week as world leaders gather to discuss global warming and other important environmental matters. Protests have taken place aro..
November 25, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: December 1 is #GivingTuesday

As mentioned in last week’s blog, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), December 1, is #GivingTuesday, the designated day for donating to charities. As we give thanks this Thanksgiving week, ple..
November 18, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Giving Wisely on #GivingTuesday

Four years ago, the 92nd Street Y (a BBB Accredited Charity) started a national social media campaign to make the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) a designated day for giving. With the help of a..
November 17, 2015

5 BBB Tips to Ensure Wise Giving on #GivingTuesday

BBB Wise Giving Alliance Urges Donors to Research before GivingArlington, VA – Each year, American charities receive one-third of their annual donations during the holiday giving season. With Dec. 1 mar..