The guide provides donors and businesses with location and contact information as well as each charity’s mission statement and links to charities’ websites. BBB believes the guide can help companies and prospective donors find charities that operate with transparency and accountability to the donating public.
Charities listed in the guide have all met BBB’s 20 Standards of Charity Accountability. BBB staff have examined each nonprofit’s financial statements, fundraising materials and annual reports. BBB also asks charities to answer a questionnaire. Charities may ask to be evaluated, free of charge.
“Donors want to know that their money is being spent wisely,” said Michelle L. Corey, BBB President and CEO. “If they see a BBB Accredited Charity seal on a charity’s website or find them in the new guide, they can be assured that the charity complies with the BBB’s 20 Standards of Charity Accountability.”
BBB has tips to increase donors’ confidence that their donations will be used wisely:
BBB urges donors to seek professional advice if they are in doubt about the deductibility of contributions. Other helpful tips for making donations are posted on BBB’s website. The IRS website (www.irs.gov) has information on the deductibility of donations on tax returns.
Contacts (News Media Only): Michelle L. Corey, President and CEO, (314) 645-0606, firstname.lastname@example.org; Chris Thetford, Vice President-Communications, (314) 584-6743 or (314) 681-4719 (cell), email@example.com; Carole Bellman, Charity Review Director, 314 (584) 6735, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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