News & Updates

Read the Wise Giving Wednesday blog each week to keep up to date on charity issues.

Wise Giving Wednesday: GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles

Since 1994, GuideStar has been most known for providing access to the annual federal financial forms filed by charities and other tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, the IRS Form 990. A few weeks
Feb 03, 2016

BBB Warns Charities of Fake Check Scam

Arlington, VA – February 1, 2016 – BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) is warning charities nationwide to be on the alert for a fake-check overpayment scam. An individual using the name “Kenneth Mc
Feb 02, 2016

Shawn Sweeney, Jane Goodall Institute HD video icon

Art Taylor interviews Shawn Sweeney of the Jane Goodall Institute for our Building Trust Video Series. Read our full report on the Jane Goodall Institute here, For information on the most trustworthy charities, go to
Feb 01, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: Charities and Data Privacy Day

January 28, 2016 is Data Privacy Day which commemorates the signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Although this day has been
Jan 27, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: BBB Charity Standards & The Charity Impact Issue

As charity impact continues to be a subject of significant interest, I thought it would be helpful to clarify our position on this. First, the subject of charity impact (also called results reporting) h
Jan 20, 2016

Wise Giving Wednesday: New Charities & Accountability

As reported in The NonProfit Times, a shorter version of the IRS application form for charitable tax-exempt status (IRS Form 1023–EZ) was introduced in 2014 to help the IRS deal with a backlog of applic
Jan 14, 2016