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..
February 11, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Building Trust Part 5

In recent years, there has been increased attention on measuring the effectiveness of a charity’s activities. What progress has the charity made towards its stated goals? How well has it addressed its m..
February 4, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Building Trust Part 4

For most publicly-soliciting charities, three words they hope to never hear are “conflict of interest.” When donors place their trust in a charity, they expect the charity’s mission, not personal financ..
January 28, 2015

Wise Giving Wednesday: Building Trust Part 3

For the board of directors to properly guide a publicly-soliciting charity, provide oversight and assist in the decision-making process, its voting members should be focused on advancing the charity’s m..