At the time this blog is being written, the wildfires in Southern California continue to spread, although the wind is reporting to decrease somewhat. CNN reports that a 1,000 homes and other structures have been lost to the blaze and the fire warnings now cover an area that impact 1 million residents.
2017 has seen its share of hurricanes, floods, mass shootings, earthquakes and other disasters and tragedies. It’s hard to keep track of them all. The outpouring of public concern and generosity has been extraordinary. For some reason, however, fires don’t receive as much fundraising response as some of the other disasters. A small number (compared to earlier disasters) of nationally-soliciting relief organizations have referenced activities on their websites that describe efforts to help those in need in California. From what we have seen, most of the appeal activity involves more regional charities and/or crowdfunding campaigns to assist specific families.
BBB’s Give.org, nevertheless, reminds donors to give thoughtfully to avoid questionable solicitation efforts.
Before this blog comes to a close, we want to acknowledge that this is the 150th entry for Wise Giving Wednesday. We covered a lot of ground on a variety of charity topics these past three years, but we hope our information has been helpful to the community of donors who use our website to assist their contribution decisions.
Video of the Week
As part of our Building Trust Video Series, we are pleased to provide a video that features Melinda Kotzian, CEO, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (a BBB Accredited Charity) that seeks to find a cure and eradicate mesothelioma as a life-ending disease through its collaboration with patients and families, physicians, advocates and researchers.
We are always working with charities to publish or update reports for donors. Visit Give.org or local BBBs to check out any charity before giving. Our recently evaluated charities include:
Finally, remember to let us know by going to https://www.give.org/ask-us-about-a-charity1/ if you are interested in seeing a report on a charity not on the list and we will do our best to produce one.
H. Art Taylor, President & CEO
BBB Wise Giving Alliance