About Us

Established in 1986, the New York BBB Charity Accountability Program is the capstone of the Education and Research Foundation of the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York, Long Island, and the Mid-Hudson Region.

What is the New York BBB Charity Accountability Program?

The New York BBB Charity Accountability Program's mission is to promote public confidence in local charities and encourage charitable giving. The program provides the public with information on specific charities and wise giving practices and also advises charities on how to meet and maintain high ethical standards of operation.

Each year, the NY BBB Charity Accountability Program reviews hundreds of financial statements, tax filings, annual reports, solicitations, and direct mail pieces.  Based on this information, which is provided by the charity, a report is produced which includes a determination on whether the charity meets the Better Business Bureau's Standards for Charity Accountability along with a summary of the charity's mission, activities, governance and key financial information.  There is no cost to be reviewed.  Completed reports are valid for two years and posted on our website at ny.give.org.

The BBB system publishes about 11,000 online charity reports which are viewed by the general public, foundations, individual donors and journalists.  There are over 800 Metro New York BBB charity reports.

Publicly soliciting charities are invited to participate.  To begin the review process, please download the BBB questionnaire at: newyork.bbb.org/participate

If your organization would like to become part of the NY BBB Charity Accountability Program, please visit How to Create a Report on Your Charity for more information.

If you are a potential donor and have not been able to find the charity you are interested in on our website, please feel free to contact us. We are always updating reports or adding new charities to the program. If we do not have a report on the charity, we will contact it and consider adding it to the program.

The National Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance produces The Wise Giving Guide, which is available quarterly. For more information click here.