Wise Giving Wednesday: Syrian Refugee Relief
Fleeing an area of conflict with just the clothes on your back and what you can carry is a nightmare none of us ever want to experience. So when media attention is drawn to refugees from Syria pouring into other countries, it is not surprising this has prompted many to make donations to assist those in need. To help contributors identify relief organizations that are addressing various health, nutrition and related needs of refuges, BBB Wise Giving Alliance has complied a list of such relief organizations that meet all 20 of the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. We urge donors to exercise caution in responding to online giving requests or solicitations from unfamiliar organizations. For additional advice, see the press release we sent out yesterday.
Sadly, this refugee problem did not emerge overnight but has been building over a number of years. In turn, the needs won’t disappear when the stories are no longer in the headlines. So keep in mind there will be continuing opportunities to provide help in the months to come.
On a separate note, as part of our Building Trust Video Series we are pleased to provide a video that features Jennifer Windsor, CEO of Women to Women International (a BBB Accredited Charity). This organization was founded twenty years to help the most marginalized of women in conflict affected countries to rebuild their lives. The heart of their program is a 12-month training program that helps provide basic skills such as economic, literacy and knowledge of health and basic rights.
Finally, remember to let us know by going to https://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