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 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..
November 11, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Veterans Organizations

On Veterans Day, our thoughts turn to veterans and military service members, especially those in need of assistance.  Charities devoted to the various needs of veterans and their families deserve o..
November 5, 2015

Helen O’Rourke McClary

Helen O’Rourke McClary, who helped establish and grow one of our predecessor organizations, the Philanthropic Advisory Service of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, passed away on October 22, 2015...
November 4, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Board Oversight & Planning

One of most important stewardship responsibilities of a charity’s board of directors is carrying out its planning functions. As mentioned in a previous Wise Giving Wednesday blog post, part of that plan..
October 28, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Charities & Cybersecurity

There are two types of nonprofit organizations: those that have been hacked, and those who don’t know they have been hacked.  This memorable point was raised earlier in October, by a panelist durin..