BBB Offers Wise Giving Tips on Veterans Day

November 07, 2017



BBB Offers Wise Giving Tips on Veterans Day

In recognition of Veterans Day, many Americans will seek to remember and honor veterans by contributing to charities and other nonprofit organizations that address a variety of issues and needs facing veterans, military service members and/or their families.

Steve Bernas, president and CEO of BBB serving Chicago and Northern Illinois says, “Do your homework before giving to any charity, and make sure you know exactly where your money is going.”

He adds, “I am proud to be a part of an organization that has programs in place to support men and women, and their families, who have courageously risked their lives for the freedom we all are so fortunate to experience today.”

BBB serving Chicago and Northern Illinois is very proud of the continued growth of its efforts to support military members during and after service. BBB operates a “Boots to Suits” program and participates in job fairs designed to help veterans transition to the private sector, as well as ongoing financial empowerment workshops at Great Lakes Naval Station. On a national scale, BBB supports veterans through the BBB Military Line.


Before giving to Veterans groups, BBB suggests following these wise giving tips:  


  • Verify the trustworthiness of soliciting relief organizations. Visit to access free reports that specify if the charity meets the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability.
  • Learn all you can about a charity before contributing. Learn how much of your contribution will be used for program services and how much will go for fundraising and management expenses.
  • Whenever possible, donate directly to a charity. Fundraising telemarketers or direct mail solicitations are expenses for a charity and may not represent who you may think they do. Directly contributing helps ensure that most of your contribution goes to the charity. 
  • Don't succumb to pressure to give money on the spot. A charity that can use your money today will welcome it just as much tomorrow. Watch out for appeals that bring tears to your eyes, but tell you nothing about how your donation will be used.
  • Before making online donations, determine whether the charity’s website is secure. And check that it has a privacy policy concerning the use of your name, email address or other personal facts. The address on the website page where donations are collected should begin with "https".


Remember to always report scammers.  If you've been the target of a scam or suspect scam activity, report it to authorities and  BBB Scam Tracker  to warn others. 

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Thomas Johnson                                                              
Director of Public and Board Relations,  
BBB Serving Chicago & Northern Illinois, 312-245-2643  

Judith Ruiz-Branch 
PR & Community Outreach Coordinator 
BBB Serving Chicago & Northern Illinois, 312-245-2516