It is with heavy hearts that we endure another mass shooting which resulted in the senseless deaths of 17 school children, this time at a high school in Parkland, Florida. As expected many are motivated to assist the families affected by this tragedy and to provide support to help restore the surrounding community. Crowdfunding sites continue to be a popular means to provide support and a number of them have already raised significant sums.
We encourage donors to review the advisory “Charitable Giving After a Tragedy” to be informed about potential problem appeals and to be aware that not all crowdfunding sites operate in the same way. Some take steps to catch questionable efforts while others may not be so careful. One caution is that a crowdfunding posting should get permission from the families before using photos or names of victims. Unfortunately, this is not always done.
As mentioned within the above advisory, tragedies that involve violent acts with firearms can also generate requests from a variety of advocacy organizations that address gun use. Donors can support these efforts as well, but should also remember that some of these advocacy groups are not tax-exempt as charities.
Video of the Week
As part of our Building Trust Video Series, we are pleased to provide a video featuring Michael King, President & CEO, Volunteers of America (a BBB Accredited Charity) which is a faith-based organization that works to help those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. The organization's programs are designed to support seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions, and military veterans.
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