Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona is expanding its Charity Review Program in 2011, making it easier for charities to participate in the program and for consumers to learn more about local charities before they donate.
“Today more than ever nonprofit donors and the public expect complete transparency,” said Kim States, BBB President. “Lack of information can create distrust, which means potential donors may decide not so support a charity they don’t know anything about.”
BBB Wise Giving of Southern Arizona reviews charities according to standards for governance and oversight, internal controls, and the efficiency and transparency of their finances and fundraising.
Donors can be confident in giving to charities that meet the review standards for many reasons, such as knowing that BBB Accredited Charities are spending at least 65 percent of their total revenue on programs and services.
In the past year BBB received more than 3,000 inquiries about local charities. If a charity meets all of BBB’s Wise Giving Standards they can become a BBB Accredited Charity, letting inquiring donors know they’re credible, transparent and accountable.
A charity that successfully completes the review process can:
- Become a BBB Accredited Charity
- Establish its accountability
- Build donor confidence
- Gain visibility
Southern Arizona charities are encouraged to submit information to BBB. The agency is making it easier for charities to participate by launching an online evaluation system in the coming months, which will allow charities to quickly and easily submit their information online.
There is no charge to charities for evaluation, and BBB charity reports are available for free online at www.tucson.bbb.org/Find-Business-Reviews. For more information, contact Deb Prince at 520-888-6161, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.