For Immediate Release: November 2017
Local BBB Kick Starts Charity Review Program
The Better Business Bureau serving Central Illinois joins BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance (WGA) with Charity Review Program.
Bonnie Bakin, President of BBB, which serves 36 counties of Central Illinois, said: “One of the mainstays of BBB services has for many years been the evaluation of local charitable organizations. Consumers and businesses alike are very interested in how their charitable dollars are used. Through our efforts and the cooperation of local charities, we are working to enhance the number of participating charities. Our local efforts extend the reach of the
national Wise Giving Alliance, a division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Providing comprehensive information to our community benefits all of Central Illinois.”
In addition to reports on nationally soliciting charities produced by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, 57 of the 112 BBBs produce reports on charities that only solicit regionally-- BBB of Central Illinois is on that list. Both WGA and local BBBs use the same 20 BBB Charity Standards to evaluate organizations. Cumulatively, over 11,000 BBB charity reports are produced.
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations. The standards seek to encourage fair and honest solicitation practices, to promote ethical conduct by charitable organizations and to advance support of philanthropy. Charities who meet the Standards have provide documentation that they meet basic standards:
*In how they govern their organization
*In the ways they spend their money
*In the truthfulness of their representations, and
*In their willingness to disclose basic information to the public.
Harrison Hale, Director of Charity Review for the BBB of Central Illinois stated, “With the giving season just around the corner, it is vital that we establish a program that will ease the mind of donors looking to do good in our community. Much like BBB Accreditation, Charities will be evaluated alongside BBB’s Standards. Charities who meet all 20 standards will have earned BBB Accreditation. We need to get the word out that this free accreditation process will unequivocally have a positive impact on both charities and the community alike. BBB’s evaluation will review things like solicitations, fund raising, and if expenses are going toward the charities cause. Our goal is to increase awareness of this program, increase the number of Accredited Charities within our service area and overall make it easier for donors to trust charities. A simple call to your BBB, whether a potential donor or a local charity member, can start a world of good.”
More information can be found HERE.