BBB Announces First East Texas Charity to Meet Standards
Tyler, TX - April 23, 2013- In January of this year, Better Business Bureau Serving Central East Texas introduced a local charity review program in response to the growing demand for objective information on charities.
The new BBB program is designed to provide a way for donors at all levels to make wise giving decisions, in the face of these voluminous appeals. The program also provides charitable organizations with a means to establish their accountability to donors and potential donors by adhering to the voluntary BBB charity standards. The BBB standards, which address organizational governance, fundraising, and financial issues, also include a number of provisions to strengthen charitable accountability to donors.
Princeton Research Survey Associates found that 70% of Americans said it was difficult to tell whether a soliciting charity operates ethically. The same survey found that the BBB was the third-party authority most trusted by donors when seeking information on charities.
“Our strict standards seek to encourage fair and honest solicitation practices and promote ethical conduct among charitable organizations” stated Mechele Agbayani Mills, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau Serving Central East Texas. Mills added that meeting all standards is a significant accomplishment for an organization and that this new program is a powerful addition to East Texas’ giving community, communicating to potential donors an organization’s commitment to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
BBB is pleased to announce that CASA for Kids of East Texas recently submitted their application and materials for review and is officially the first East Texas nonprofit to have met all Twenty (20) Standards for Charity Accountability.
“CASA for Kids of East Texas values our community support and is grateful to the Better Business Bureau for an opportunity to show our transparency”, said Patty Garner, Executive director for CASA.
To view a copy of CASA for Kids of East Texas’ charity report, or to view other BBB charity reports which are available free of charge, please call BBB at (903) 581-5704 or by going to www.give.org.
Charities interested in participating can initiate the process by contacting Jim Judge at 1-888-253-3385 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about charity review can be accessed on the BBB website at http://easttexas.bbb.org/charity-review/.