April 22, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: The Value of Standards

We are all indeed “entitled to our opinions” as the popular phrase goes but all speech is not created equal.  For example, saying something is trusted can be meaningless if context is not provided...
April 15, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Building Trust Part 9

For many charities, especially the nationally soliciting charities evaluated by BBB Wise Giving Alliance, the future may belong to the Internet, but direct mail fundraising is still king.  While on..
April 8, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Building Trust Part 8

A story posted on April 7th by The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights the importance of cybersecurity for charities. For obvious reasons, donors want to make online donations without fear of their cre..
April 1, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Relating Ethical Guidelines to Empower Professional Fundraisers

This week the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) held its annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Throngs of people attended mainly to beef up their fundraising prowess. Knowing that peopl..
March 25, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Charity Concerts & Contributions

With the arrival of spring my thoughts fast forward to warmer weather and a break with cabin fever.  I think of all the yard work to be done but the fun times too that attach to being outdoors.&nbs..
March 18, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Building Trust Part 7

In the United States, consumers are a force to be reckoned with.  Companies compete every day to catch your attention and become the next brand of cereal, laundry detergent or automobile that you ..
March 11, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Building Trust Part 6

On Monday I was honored to share our standards with business executives attending the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals Annual Conference.  It was great working with executives c..
March 4, 2015

Independent Sector's Revised Nonprofit Principles & Executive Compensation

I applaud and appreciate the work of nonprofit organizations that recognize the important role that standards play in ensuring charities are well managed and trustworthy.  It is in this shared..
February 25, 2015

Can Charity Watchdogs Assess a Charity's Effectiveness or Impact?

In the wake of the Overhead Myth campaign which urged donors to recognize that charity financial ratios should not be used as the sole basis for making contribution decisions, some have encouraged chari..
February 18, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: The Military Service Initiative Summit

Today, Bennett Weiner, COO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, is in Dallas, Texas to participate in the Military Service Initiative Summit which is a one-day conference being held by The Bush Institute at..