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The Xerces Society Receives Accreditation from BBB Wise Giving Alliance

By Suzanne Granahan on 27. April 2022
Suzanne Granahan

Seal Highlights Excellence in Leadership, Finances and Mission-Driven Work

By meeting key standards of board oversight, finances, results reporting and fundraising appeals, The Xerces Society has achieved accreditation by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. This accreditation signifies that The Xerces Society is a well-run organization deserving of donor trust.

“We are proud to be recognized with this accreditation,” says Xerces Membership Director Suzanne Granahan. “As a donor-supported non-profit, we strive to provide integrity in everything we do, and the BBB seal is a wonderful affirmation of this commitment.”

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. Its broad standards go beyond what the law requires and dive 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.

“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, The Xerces Society has earned public trust having demonstrated its commitment to sound governance, transparency and achieving its mission.”


The BBB seal signifies that the Xerces Society meets all 20 BBB Charity Standards. (Background photo: John Wolchesky)


The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects the natural world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. As a science-based organization, we both conduct our own research and rely upon the most up-to-date information to guide our conservation work. Our key program areas are: pollinator conservation, endangered species conservation, and reducing pesticide use and impacts.

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

Suzanne started working in the nonprofit sector in 2003 and has been with the Xerces Society since 2009. She is the main contact person for individual donors regarding their donations and planned giving. She came to the organization after completing her master's degree in public administration from Portland State University, where she focused on nonprofit development and grant writing.

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