The National Charities Information Bureau was formed in 1918 by several national leaders who sought to inform Americans about the charities they were donating to. It is a not-for-profit corporation located in New York. The mission statement of the National Charities Information Bureau is to promote informed giving and accountable nonprofit management. The National Charities Information Bureau provides information and reviews for organizations in several fields including youth development, civil rights, international assistance, human services and the environment.
In 2001, the National Charities Information Bureau merged with the Philanthropic Advisory Service of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. This merger led to the formation of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. Herman Taylor was appointed as the president and CEO of the new organization. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance promotes charity accountability, assists local BBB charity review programs and evaluates charities in relation to its standards for soliciting organizations. The Alliance also publishes the Wise Giving Guide and provides a number of resources on informed giving to institutional, business and individual contributors. Charities that are in accordance with the standards of the Alliance are labeled “BBB Accredited Charities." The BBB Wise Giving Alliance’s website, Give.org, produces reports for approximately 1,300 nationally soliciting charities.