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12-17-2009, 11:03 AM
BBB® Foundation releases Charity Giving Guide

Your BBB Foundation serving northwest Florida released its second annual Charity Giving Guide to help donors make educated giving decisions this holiday season.

“During the holiday season, donors are often overwhelmed with requests for assistance,” said Norman Wright, President/CEO of your BBB serving northwest Florida. “We hope that as donors are deciding which charities to support, they will use the Charity Giving Guide as a resource to help them make wise giving decisions and that charities will use the Standards for Charitable Accountability as a guide for ‘best practices’ in operating their organizations.”

BBB has issued Wise Giving Reports on charities locally and has made them available free-of-charge for several years; however, the Charity Giving Guide is a summary of the detailed reports of evaluations of all the charities in your BBB’s local database.

BBB reviews local charities against BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. The Standards, developed over a three-year period with input from nonprofit representatives, IRS officials, foundation executives, donors and other stakeholder groups, provide an objective means to evaluate a charity’s governance and oversight, measurement of effectiveness, finances and fundraising and informational materials, all evaluations that surveys have shown that donors are interested in knowing before making a donation.

To get your free 2009 Charity Giving Guide, visit www.nwfl.bbb.org/CGG (http://www.nwfl.bbb.org/CGG), e-mail info@nwfl.bbb.org (info@nwfl.bbb.org) or call 850.429.0002 or 800.729.9226.

If you represent a local nonprofit or charity organization and would like to be evaluated by your BBB against the Standards for Charity Accountability, contact your BBB at 850.429.0002, 800.729.9226 or e-mail info@nwfl.bbb.org (info@nwfl.bbb.org).