BBB helps donors make informed giving decisions and promotes high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. It produces reports about local charities, evaluating them against the comprehensive Standards for Charity Accountability.
We do not rank charities but rather seek to assist donors in making informed judgments about those that solicit their support. Evaluations are done without charge to the charity and are posted for free public access on BBB’s website.
Our local program is modeled after the charity review arm of our national office, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance reports on nationally soliciting charities that the public has most often asked about as well as charities that request to be evaluated. Give.org includes more than 1,300 reports on national charities. In addition, about 54 of the 112 Better Business Bureaus in the United States and Canada cumulatively produce reports on more than 10,000 locally soliciting charities using the same Standards for Charity Accountability as the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. In 2013, donors turned to BBB more than 5 million times for charity reports.
Local charities that are found to meet all Standards for Charity Accountability have the option of signing a license and paying a fee for the use of a BBB Accredited Charity Seal that can be displayed on their websites and in their fund raising materials.