Charitable Giving Tips Following a Tragedy

October 02, 2017

Charitable Giving Tips Following a Tragedy

Richmond, VA- After learning about the mass tragedy in Las Vegas, NV this weekend BBB wants to urge those considering donating to a relief effort organization to take the time and research the organization before giving. “Events such as this shooting are heartbreaking and people want to help those impacted by tragedy,” says Olivia Smith, Communications Coordinator of BBBCV. “We urge consumers and businesses to be mindful that while many legitimate organizations will be soliciting support there will also be scammers out there trying to prey on those most impacted by this tragic event.”

When making the decision to give after a tragedy BBB urges all to taking the time to check out the organizations soliciting in your area before you give to a relief fund. A consumer can research a charitable organization at provides verification that an organization meets the BBB standards for Charitable Accountability.

To learn more about BBB Wise Giving Alliance please click here and read the full list of BBB Wise Giving Alliance tips for trusted giving.

After any tragedy the urge to give is great and those personally impacted by the tragedy will need community support even after the news coverage has ended; consider the different phases of a tragedy when you are deciding how to support a relief fund.

Smith is the Communications Coordinator for BBB serving Central Virginia and can be reached at for additional comment.


About BBB: BBB serving Central Virginia serves Richmond, the Tri-Cities, Charlottesville, and Fredericksburg, as well as 42 surrounding counties from Fauquier to Mecklenburg and Northumberland to Amherst. The nonprofit organization was established in 1954 to advance responsible, honest, and ethical business practices and to promote customer confidence through self-regulation of business. Core services of BBB include business profiles, dispute resolution, truth-in advertising, consumer and business education, and charity review.