Tips For Donors



The BBB Wise Giving Alliance publishes information to help you in your charity donation decisions. Below, you will find guidance on specific issues related to charity donations.

While it’s the donors’ decision, BBB WGA recommends they avoid or be extremely cautious when contributing to nondisclosure charities. Charities that do not provide BBB WGA with any of the requested information needed to complete our charity evaluations are called “nondisclosure charities.” While this could be benign, some of these charities could also be hiding something by choosing not to disclose.

To produce our reports, BBB WGA asks charities to complete a detailed online questionnaire and provide copies of supporting documents. The majority of charities provide this requested information to BBB WGA.

Basic Giving Tips

Check out our list of basic giving tips that you should always keep in mind before making charitable donations.

Mailing List Removal

Do you want to remove your name from a charity mailing list? Here are some tips to help you out!

Car Donations

If you want to donate your used car to a charity, make sure you read these tips first to avoid scams and find a list of legit charities to donate to.

Ukraine Charity Relief Tips

BBB Wise Giving Alliance produced a list of BBB Accredited Charities (i.e., meet the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability) that are raising funds for Ukraine-related relief assistance along with wise giving advice on making such donations. Some of these charities are carrying out activities in Ukraine while others are focused on refugees that have fled to neighboring countries.

Police & Firefighter Appeals

Here are some tips to keep in mind for police and firefighter appeals to ensure that your contributions go directly to your community.

Telephone Appeals

Check out our tips to help you screen appeals being made by charities over the phone and make sure that you make wise giving decisions..

Used Goods Donations

If you care about the charitable benefit your used goods provide, be sure you know what to expect. Here are some tips to guide you.

Charity Sweepstakes

Charity sweepstakes give donors an opportunity to win a prize when they donate to their cause. Keep these tips in mind when you participate.

Child Sponsorship

Confused about deductions on charitable contributions? Check out our tips on deducting contributions here.

Deducting Contributions

If you want to donate to any disaster relief effort, you must exercise caution. Here are some tips to guide you.

Disaster Relief Donations

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Donaciones para Desastres

Tenga cuidado al hacer donativos en línea, especialmente en respuesta a mensajes de spam y correos electrónicos que afirman vincularse a una organización de socorro.

Planned Giving

Planned Giving is a commitment made now to make a gift to a charitable organization in the future, either during your lifetime or through your will. Here are some tips to help you plan ahead.

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Try asking questions like these:
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