When considering a donation to a charitable organization, donors might wonder whether that organization is trustworthy and will use monetary gifts in an effective way to fulfill its mission. With so many different charities requesting donations, and with recent high-profile cases of donor mismanagement and fraud, it is more important than ever for donors to know that the organization they are donating to is reputable.
Last month, ConsumersAdvocate.org wrote a feature article about Give.org, the website for the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance (WGA). The BBB has long been known for its focus on consumer protection and industry self-regulation, and the WGA is an extension of that focus on the charitable end, helping donors make informed giving decisions and promoting high standards of conduct for charities. If an organization meets WGA’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, it receives WGA’s accreditation, a trustworthy endorsement of the organization’s practices and management.
In its article about Give.org, ConsumersAdvocate.org quoted MDA’s CEO, Lynn O’Connor Vos, who commented on the importance of the WGA accreditation process.
“[Donor due diligence is] essential when our donors are looking to support organizations like MDA and others. They want to know that we’re meeting the standards out there, and we’re thrilled to have the rating we have with the alliance,” she says in the piece.
The article covers Give.org’s comprehensive methodology for evaluating a charity and how it ensures that donor gifts are impactful and help others in the way intended.
At MDA, which is accredited by WGA, we will always use donated funds in a way that best serves our mission to find a cure for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases.
To read the article about Give.org and the importance of its mission, click here.