October 26, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Breast Cancer Awareness

Before October comes to a close, I wanted to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the campaign to raise awareness for the prevention, treatment and cure of this devastating disease which the American Ca..
October 19, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Serving on Too Many Governing Boards

Charities, especially at the regional level, often seek to engage community leaders, such as prominent business executives, by inviting them to join their board of directors. While this makes sense in t..
October 12, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Hurricane Matthew Hits the U.S.

News accounts show us pictures of small boats floating across the flooded aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina, as responders seek to rescue remaining residents trapped by the devastation. I..
October 5, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Giving for Hurricane Matthew Relief

Hurricane Matthew was rated a Category 4 (which is defined as having winds from 133 to 155 miles per hour) as it struck Haiti and now moves on to other islands in the Caribbean and then threatens the Ea..
September 28, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Philanthropic Risk and Trust

Would you parachute out of an airplane to raise money for charity? My guess is most of us would not. While the proposed action exceeds our risk comfort level, the question does get your attention becaus..
September 21, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: The Librarian’s $4 Million Bequest

Last week, an article on InsideHigherEd.com got my attention. It told the tale of a frugal staff member at the University of New Hampshire library who passed away in 2015 and left a sizable bequest wort..
September 14, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: September 11 Fundraising – Lessons Learned

There were many ceremonies and remembrances honoring the 15th anniversary of September 11th which took place this past Sunday. This also brings to mind what we experienced 15 years ago. Among other thin..
September 7, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Back to School & Charities

It’s September, and the kids are back in school across the country. And many parents out there know that this also signifies  not just the three r’s of Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic, but also the..
August 31, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Charities & Disclosure of Requested Information

Last Thursday, we distributed a press release that included a list of the 10 largest charities (ranked by Fiscal Year 2014 total contributions) that did not disclose any of the information requested by ..
August 24, 2016

Top 10 Charities That Should Raise a Red Flag for Donors

WASHINGTON—Today, BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) released a list of the 10 largest charities (ranked by Fiscal Year 2014 total contributions) that failed to disclose any of the requested infor..