<h4>The full list of Better Business Bureau Standards for Charity Accountability are available at give.org.<\/h4>\r\n<strong>Better Business Bureau cites Top 5 reasons charities fail to meet its standards<\/strong>\r\n\r\nJust in time for many donors\u2019 year-end decisions, BBB Wise Giving Alliance today released its latest evaluation results - 51 new or updated reports on nationally-soliciting charities. Almost half met all 20 of the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability, while the remainder did not meet standards or did not disclose information despite written requests.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe good news is that almost half of the national charities we reviewed in the past month meet all of the BBB charity standards,\u201d said Art Taylor, President and CEO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. \u201cUnfortunately, it\u2019s evident that many charities have more work to do to satisfy the expectations of donors. Disclosure, effective governance and accountability are important indicators of a charity\u2019s commitment to donors and the causes they serve.\u201d\r\n\r\n<strong>The Alliance\u2019s analysis showed that, among the charities recently reviewed:<\/strong>\r\n\r\n\u2022 47 percent met all 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability (24 charities)\r\n\r\n\u2022 29 percent did not meet one or more of the BBB Standards (15 charities)\r\n\r\n\u2022 24 percent did not disclose information despite written request (12 charities)\r\n\r\n\u201cToday\u2019s donors want to see evidence of charity accountability: strong governance, public access to basic information - including how they spend their money - and periodic self-evaluation of the organization\u2019s impact,\u201d said Taylor. \u201cMany charities have shown us that, after the issues are brought to their attention, they have been able to take steps to meet these standards.\u201d\r\n<h4>The most frequent deficiencies in the groups that did not meet standards were:<\/h4>\r\n\u2022 Annual reports - 47 percent did not produce one or provided one that did not include all the recommended information\r\n\r\n\u2022 Effectiveness policy\u2013 53 percent lacked the recommended board policy for periodic self-assessment\r\n\r\n\u2022 Effectiveness report \u2013 33 percent either had not completed an effectiveness assessment or did not provide its board with a written report on the results of the assessment\r\n\r\n\u2022 Board meetings \u2013 53 percent had boards that met less than three times per year or lacked a majority attendance\r\n\r\n\u2022 Budget plan \u2013 53 percent indicated either they did not have a board-approved budget or their budget did not include a clear functional breakdown into the expense categories of programs, fund raising, and administration.\r\n\r\n\u2022 The BBB Standards for Charity Accountability were last revised after a three-year project that involved extensive input from the charitable community. They are used by the Alliance in preparing evaluative reports on over 1,300 nationally soliciting charities. There is no charge to the charity for the accountability assessment and the resulting reports are available to the public free on the give.org website.\r\n\r\nBBB Wise Giving Alliance produces reports on about 1,300 nationally soliciting charitable organizations, and local BBBs report on another 10,000 local and regional charities. BBB Wise Giving Alliance does not rank charities but rather seeks to assist donors in making informed judgments by providing objective evaluations of national charities based on 20 standards that address charity governance, finances, fund raising, appeal accuracy, and other issues. The outcomes of the evaluations are available online at give.org.