June 20, 2018

Wise Giving Wednesday: Scams Directed at Charities

On Monday, June 18th, the Better Business Bureau partnered with state and federal agencies on Operation Main Street: Stopping Small Business Scams, a law enforcement initiative targeting operations seek..
June 13, 2018

Wise Giving Wednesday: Charity Concerts in Summer

As summer officially begins in a couple of weeks, I am reminded that this is the time of year when many people attend concerts, especially outdoor or large arena events featuring a favorite singer or ba..
June 6, 2018

Wise Giving Wednesday: Donated Used Clothing Sold in East Africa

Quite a number of charities accept used clothing donations. Some will sell items that are in good condition in thrift stores to both help raise funds as well as employ individuals in need. Some might se..
May 30, 2018

Wise Giving Wednesday: Summer Camps and Charity

As we leave spring and approach summer, schools are completing the academic year and many families look forward to sending children to one of a variety of summer camps that can address almost every spor..
May 23, 2018

Wise Giving Wednesday: Deducting a Fundraising-Related Purchase

In addition to helping a good cause, one of the motivations for purchasing a ticket to a fundraising event in the U.S. is the ability to get an income tax deduction for the purchase. Donors need to keep..
May 16, 2018

Wise Giving Wednesday: Ramadan and Philanthropy

We give for the benefit of others for many reasons. Among the most powerful is faith. This is certainly true of Islam. According to Islamic Relief USA, (a BBB Accredited Charity), Islam has th..
May 9, 2018

Wise Giving Wednesday: How Many U.S. Charities Are There?

Each year the U.S. Internal Revenue Service produces a Data Book that provides information and statistics about returns filed, taxes collected and related issues such as data on tax-exempt organizations..
May 2, 2018

Wise Giving Wednesday: Small Business Giving Basics

In honor of Small Business Week (April 29 – May 5) we thought it would be appropriate to provide some basic giving advice for small businesses. No matter how long a small business has existed or the num..
April 25, 2018

Wise Giving Wednesday: The Value of Volunteering

The history of volunteering in the U.S. is a long and generous one from helping out neighbors in barn raising two centuries ago to Habitat for Humanity and similar charities building homes today. And, o..
April 18, 2018

Wise Giving Wednesday: Will U.S. Tax Code Changes Impact 2018 Giving?

Last month, a previous Wise Giving Wednesday blog addressed the issue of deducting donations at tax time and expressed charity concern that changes in the U.S. Tax Code in 2018 could impact giving this ..