About The Local Charitable Advisory Service


The Program

The Better Business Bureau® serving Dayton and the Miami Valley developed the Charitable Advisory Service (CAS) to serve the needs of those who support local nonprofit organizations. Its purpose is to provide more information to prospective donors, whether business or individual, allowing them to make better informed giving decisions.


A steering committee was formed in 1994 to develop the Charitable Advisory Service. The steering committee was comprised of executives from local nonprofit organizations, foundations and businesses. In November of 1994, the program began with 73 nonprofit organizations. By June 30, 1995, the BBB had 150 nonprofit organizations participating in the program. We now have over 500 nonprofit organizations listed in the CAS program.

How It Works

Participating local nonprofit organizations voluntarily provide information to the Bureau annually. The evaluation of this information is completed in relation to the Better Business Bureau's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability addressing governance and oversight, measuring effectiveness, finances, fund raising and informational materials.

The evaluation is used to develop a detailed written report summarizing the organization's programs, finances, governance and fund raising practices as well as other valuable information. The reports are free and available through the charity reports search or by contacting us at (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301.

Community Impact

The Better Business Bureau regularly provides reports on over 500 individual nonprofit organizations to anyone interested in learning more about a nonprofit or in making a contribution. The BBB receives over 2,000 inquiries on nonprofit organizations a year and an average of seven inquiries per day.

Annually, 11,000 Giving Smart from the Heart giving guides are distributed to those who contribute to nonprofit organizations.

Simply stated, the Better Business Bureau saves donors from fraud. The information the Charitable Advisory Service provides helps protect donors from giving to questionable appeals. The BBB's Charitable Advisory Service helps businesses and consumers feel confident their charitable contributions are going to legitimate concerns and are being used wisely.

National Reports

Charities soliciting on a national level are reviewed by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance located in Arlington, VA. For more information on national charities and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, visit www.give.org or contact our office at
(937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301.