Better Business Bureau Educational Foundation


BBB Educational Foundation, Inc. (BBBEF) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to enhance consumer confidence through education and information. BBBEF is funded through donations and receives no state or federal money. All proceeds are tax deductible as a charitable contribution to BBB Educational Foundation. Our federal ID number is 52-1276325.

BBBEF programs include:

Organization representatives are available to educate members of Rotaries, senior centers, schools, churches, and other groups on scams, tips to become a savvy consumer, how to find a trustworthy business, get pre-purchase info and more.  In 2015, education included FINRA Outsmarting Investment Scam outreach, a weekly program on FOX45, regular weekend guest appearances on WBALTV, monthly columns in The Business Monthly, Frederick News Post and additional news releases.

BBBEF provided personal assistance at the Maryland Home & Garden Show to thousands of consumers and businesses over two weekends in the spring and one in the fall. 

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Free Community Shredding & ID Theft Prevention
BBBEF hosts Shred Day each year In effort to help Marylanders take a stand against identity theft. In 2015, we destroyed more than 34 tons of personally identifying documents. This year, 2016, marks our 9th anniversary of Shred Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 16.  

Military Line
We provide free training, education and information to the U.S. Military through BBB Military Line under an MOU with the Department of Defense. With several installations including Aberdeen Proving Ground, Ft. Detrick, Ft. George G. Meade and the U.S. Naval Academy all within our service area, the need for our training and information is critical, so that these troops can focus on their mission.  

Charity Review
Many people have reported trouble finding information to help them evaluate a charity. In addition to financial activity, BBB Educational Foundation bases charity evaluations on board oversight, honesty and integrity in donor solicitations and a commitment to privacy.



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