The holiday season is fast approaching, which means consumers are getting ready to ramp up their charitable giving. In light of this, Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona is urging donors to research charities they wish to give to before donating.
Each year around the holidays consumers are bombarded with solicitations and appeals from all sorts of charities.
“Giving during the holidays is in our nature,” says BBB CEO Kim States. “It’s important for consumers to take some time to research each charity they are considering donating to. Everyone wins if they make a wise giving decision.”
Not only can researching charities save consumers from donating to charities with less than stellar track records, it can even prevent them from being scammed.
Locally, BBB Wise Giving of Southern Arizona has Charity Reviews available for over 450 Southern Arizona charities. All charities are reviewed against BBB’s 20 Standards of Charitable Accountability, which seeks to encourage fair and honest solicitation practices, to promote ethical conduct by charitable organizations, and to better inform donors about how their donations are being spent.
This past June, BBB Wise Giving of Southern Arizona began issuing letter grades to Southern Arizona charities based on how many of the 20 Standards of Charitable Accountability they satisfied. Charities that meet all 20 standards are given an A+ grade, and become BBB Accredited Charities- which is free to all Southern Arizona charities that qualify.
Additionally, researching a charity before giving can prevent donors from being scammed. Scam artists have long tried to impersonate well known charities in an effort to fool donors into giving up their hard earned cash. Often times donors never even realize that they’ve been scammed- instead they assume their donation actually went to their intended cause.
BBB offers the following tips to help donors make wise giving decisions, and to avoid scams:
Before giving to a Southern Arizona charity, donors should visit www.tucson.bbb.org/charity to look at the organization’s Charity Review. To see the Charity Reviews for larger, nationally soliciting charities, donors can visit www.bbb.org/charity.