Wise Giving Wednesday: Highlights of Donor Participation Program

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Highlights of Donor Participation Program

Last month BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB’s Give.org) hosted an event about Donor Trust and Participation at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice in New York City. We invite you to watch this short video with some of our favorite highlights from the panel discussions and presentations. Each speaker brought important insights about the generosity crisis and our way forward, and we will be sharing the different panel discussions in the coming weeks. Research has shown that while total amounts donated to charity continue to increase, fewer households are contributing to charity. As noted by Jane Wales, Vice President & Executive Director of the Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation at the Aspen Institute and Co-Chair of the Generosity Commission, this reliance on wealthy donors raises concerns for the charitable sector and impacts the ability of individuals to have “a stake in our society and… the capacity to make a difference.”

In terms of growing donor participation, Brady Josephson, Vice President of Marketing and Growth at charity:water said “One of the things that I think we've done not so great in this space is made so much of our fundraising on the transactional end of the spectrum, where there's so much more research around what we're talking about today, the communal side of the spectrum.”

To learn about more highlights, review the video, and also read the Give.org Donor Trust Special Report on Donor Participation.

Heart of Giving Podcast

In this week’s Heart of Giving Podcast, the featured guest is Trent Stamp, CEO of The Eisner Foundation. We discuss Trent's journey in philanthropy and the work The Eisner Foundation is doing to invest in intergenerational programs.

Recent Reports

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 give.org/charity-inquiry if you are interested in seeing a report on a charity not on the list and we will do our best to produce one.

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