BBB Shares Tips for Safe Giving During National Volunteer Week

April 26, 2017

Media Contact: Tom Bartholomy, 704-927-8613 or

This past Sunday kicked off National Volunteer Week, a time to show appreciation for the many volunteers who give their time to causes they are passionate about. But how can you be sure that the organization you’re partnering with is responsibly stewarding its resources? Better Business Bureau shares these tips to help consumers feel confident about the charities they’re volunteering with. 

  • Verify the charity’s name and existence. With so many charities to choose from, it’s easy to have a case of mistaken identity. Look up the charity at or through the NC Department of the Secretary of State.
  • Be wary of pitches that pull on your heart strings. What really matters is what the charity to doing to help.
  • Press for specifics. Ask for details regarding where and how they are working. Additionally, a charity’s mission and finances should be available on their website, or you can visit
  • Look for BBB Accreditation. BBB Accredited Charity Seal Holders are held to the same standards of trust and integrity that the Better Business Bureau expects from businesses. Visit to search the list of charities in this area.

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed giving decisions and promotes high standards of conduct among those organizations that rely on donors and volunteers. More information about choosing a charity can be found at, where the BBB WGA reports on about 1,300 nationally soliciting charities.