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In Minnesota and North Dakota
Champion an Ethical Marketplace with the BBB

Help Us Champion an Ethical Marketplace Where Buyers and Sellers Can Trust Each Other

Donations from individuals, companies and organizations to the BBB Institute for Marketplace Ethics – a 501 (c) 3 organization – support a variety of educational outreach events, tools and resources for at-risk consumer groups such as seniors, military personnel, families and veterans, as well as character and ethics trainings, tools and resources for businesses, and current and future workforce. Some of the key educational programs from the BBB Institute for Marketplace Ethics include:

  • BBB Senior Program - BBB's Senior Program travels throughout our service area to talk to provide education, tools and resources to senior citizens and senior caregivers helping them increase financial literacy, make wise purchasing decisions, and avoid and report fraud and scams.
  • BBB Military Line® Program - Supported by an established national network with a century of expertise in marketplace knowledge, the BBB Military Line® Program improves financial readiness and consumer education for service members, their families, and the military community.
  • BBB Center for Character Ethics - Designed with customized resources for our current and future workforce, the BBB Center for Character Ethics serves business and community leaders and educators as a provider of research, training, and best practice recognition in character and business ethics through a working collaboration of experts and practitioners.

Donation Options for Individual Giving

  • Online - Make a secure donation using your credit card
  • Mail - Send your check or money order to: BBB Institute for Marketplace Ethics, 220 S. River Ridge Circle Burnsville, MN 55337
  • Phone - Call us to make your donation using a credit card at 651-699-1111 or 800-646-6222

Donation Options for Corporate Giving

  • Dues Invoice - Send a donation with your BBB annual accreditation dues invoice
  • Online - Make a secure donation using your credit card
  • Mail - Send your check or money order to: BBB Institute for Marketplace Ethics, 220 S. River Ridge Circle Burnsville, MN 55337
  • Phone - Call us to make your donation using a credit card at 651-699-1111 or 800-646-6222
  • In-kind - Contact the BBB Institute for Marketplace Ethics Director, Lisa Jemtrud, for more information at lisa.jemtrud@thefirstbbb.org
  • Grants - Contact the BBB Institute for Marketplace Ethics Director, Lisa Jemtrud, for more information at lisa.jemtrud@thefirstbbb.org

Thank You to Our 2012-2013 Donors
Special thank you to the nearly 600 BBB Accredited Businesses who contributed more than $37,000 to the BBB Institute for Marketplace Ethics from July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013.

GiveMN’s “Give to the Max Day”
The BBB Institute for Marketplace Ethics can accept tax-deductible donations online 24/7 with the GiveMN website. We are also proud to participate with GiveMN’s annual “Give to the Max Day.” Mark your calendars for the upcoming Give to the Max Day on Thursday, November 14, 2013!

In addition to our corporate and organizational donors, special thank you to 47 individual donors who contributed on GiveMN’s 2012 “Give to the Max Day” for a total of $4,765.

What’s the Difference Between the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota and the BBB Institute for Marketplace Ethics?

Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is a 501(c) 6 non-profit that provides a variety of free tools and resources for both businesses and consumers to achieve our mission of advancing marketplace trust. With the financial support of more than 6,500 Accredited Businesses across Minnesota and North Dakota the BBB is able to offer free services to our community, including:

  • comprehensive, neutral BBB Business Reviews and complaint details
  • consumer news, tips and fraud alerts
  • conciliation, mediation and arbitration services to resolve complaints
  • online directory of Accredited Businesses
  • Consumer Resource Center, taking calls, questions and inquiries Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • advertising and industry reviews, secret shopping and investigations with local businesses
  • Request A Quote, estimates from area businesses

In addition to the above services, the Better Business Bureau also has operated the BBB Institute for Marketplace Ethics, an educational foundation 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization. Founded in 1977, the BBB Institute for Marketplace Ethics mission is to provide consumer and public education on business ethics, exposing sub-standard marketplace behavior, and warning consumers, especially seniors and youth about prevalent marketplace scams.

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