St. Louis, Mo., May 27, 2010 –
With many charities holding golf tournaments, fun runs and other fund-raising events this summer, consumers may wonder which causes are on the up and up. The Better Business Bureau’s Charity Information Service has a ready source of guidance in the Summer Wise Giving Guide
to more than 500 charities in eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois.
This year, 143 charities have met all 20 Standards for Charity
Accountability and have received the BBB Accredited Charity seal to include online and in their promotional materials. The standards are included in the guide.
The 13-page guide also indicates which charities have not met the standards, showing which standards they still must meet to qualify for accreditation. The guide is available electronically at www.stlouis.bbb.org
. A printed copy can be obtained by contacting the BBB.
The Charity Information Service was developed to provide reliable information for consumers to use in making charitable donations. The guide is published twice a year. However, up-to-date charity reports are available on the BBB’s website or by calling (314) 645-3300.
The BBB offers the following tips to donors:
- When considering supporting a cause-related marketing campaign, find the answers to these questions: What portion of the purchase price will benefit the charity? What is the duration of the campaign? What is the maximum or minimum total contribution to the charity?
- Before donating used items make sure they are in good shape to reuse. Donating junk puts an undue burden on the charity and does more harm than good. Also, you may want to consider selling items and donating the proceeds to a charity.
- If you are unfamiliar with the organization, don't hesitate to ask for written information about its programs and finances.
- Don't succumb to pressure to give money on the spot. A charity that can use your money today will welcome it just as much tomorrow. Watch out for appeals that bring tears to your eyes, but tell you nothing about how your donation will be used.
The direct link to the guide is: http://stlouis.bbb.org/storage/142/documents/Summer2010GivingGuide.pdf
For more information on how to give, but give wisely, visit BBB’s Charity Information Service at www.stlouis.bbb.org/charity
Michelle Corey, President & CEO, 314-645-3300, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Jim Judge, Director of Charity Review, 314-645-3300, email@example.com