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Hagar Achieves Accreditation from BBB Wise Giving Alliance

Highlighting Excellence in Leadership, Finances and Mission-Driven Work

May 16, 2024 – By meeting key standards of board oversight, finances, results reporting and fundraising appeals, Hagar USA achieved accreditation by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. This accreditation signifies that Hagar is deserving of donor trust as they are a well-run nonprofit organization.

“As a charitable organization, we rely on the passion and action of generous Americans to achieve our mission,” said Catherine Kirkendall, Hagar USA Executive Director. “Receiving accreditation through the BBB Wise Giving Alliance is an honor and privilege and demonstrates our commitment to transparency and professionalism.” 

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) is the nation’s only comprehensive charity evaluator, assisting donors in making sound giving decisions. Donors know they can trust a charity if it is accredited by the BBB WGA.  Their broad standards go beyond what the law requires and dives deeper than other charity monitoring organizations.  Each BBB WGA charity report process involves a rigorous review using 20 holistic BBB Charity Standards, interaction with charity officials about corrective actions needed to address deficiencies, and quality control measures to assure report accuracy. Thousands of charities have reports available to the public at Give.org.

“The public can be assured that every charity evaluation is completed with careful, objective analysis of charity information,” says Art Taylor, president and CEO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, “By achieving accreditation, [Charity] has earned public trust having demonstrated its commitment to sound governance, transparency and achieving its mission.”


Hagar is an international non-profit organization on a mission to restore life and dignity for survivors, prevent exploitation, and strengthen systems to protect those vulnerable to human trafficking, slavery and abuse. Our global programs are led by skilled local teams and implementing partners in the Asia Pacific region. Hagar USA is a registered 501(C)3 not-for-profit organization that raises awareness and support for Hagar’s global work.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) is a standards-based charity evaluator that seeks to verify the trustworthiness of nationally-soliciting charities by completing rigorous evaluations based on 20 holistic standards that address charity governance, effectiveness reporting, finances, fund raising, appeal accuracy, and other issues. National charity reports are produced by the BBB WGA and local charity reports are produced by local Better Business Bureaus – all reports are available at Give.org.


Amie Gosselin (Hagar USA)

Bennett Weiner (BBB Wise Giving Alliance)

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