As Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4th, BBB Wise Giving Alliance calls for donors to show their support for charities that fight for a variety of causes. “As we gather to cheer America’s birthday,” notes H. Art Taylor, President & CEO of BBB Wise Giving Alliance, “we should also applaud and assist those charities that conduct advocacy.”
“The freedom of choice, to support the causes we care about, reminds us of the spirit of the July 4th holiday. But whether the charity advocates for issues related to civil rights, immigration, the environment, animal welfare, health care, veterans, military service members or other issues,” Taylor cautions donors to, “verify if the charity meets the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability by visiting give.org.”
“Donor trust is essential for helping to maintain a vibrant and independent charitable community,” notes Kim States, BBB President. “We believe that charities that seek to meet our rigorous standards understand the significant role that trust plays in successful fundraising.”
To help donors support advocacy charities during the Independence Day and throughout the year, BBB offers the following tips:
ABOUT BBB WISE GIVING ALLIANCE: BBB Wise Giving Alliance produces reports on over 1,300 nationally soliciting charitable organizations, and local BBBs report on another 10,000 local and regional charities. BBB Wise Giving Alliance does not rank charities but rather seeks to assist donors in making informed judgments by providing objective evaluations of national charities based on 20 standards that address charity governance, finances, fund raising, appeal accuracy, and other issues. The outcomes of the evaluations are available online at give.org.
ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2013, people turned to BBB more than 132 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 4.5 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 112 local, independent BBBs across North America, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation.