Submitted by: ORBIS International
Posted: Jun 25, 2007 – 01:09 PM EST
Jun. 25 /CSRwire/ - NEW YORK, NEW YORK - June 25, 2007 – ORBIS International, a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide, announced today that it has met the Standards for Charity Accountability of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). As a result, ORBIS has earned the right to feature the BBB Wise Giving Alliance Seal on its website and printed materials.
"It is our duty to be responsible stewards of the funds entrusted to us by our donors," said Geoffrey Holland, ORBIS executive director. "The BBB seal gives us an efficient way of demonstrating that our commitment to ensure our standards of excellence, integrity and accountability are applied to all aspects of our operations."
The Standards for Charity Accountability were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations. The right to display the seal required ORBIS to endure a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, the nation's most experienced charity evaluator. It involved intense scrutiny of ORBIS's finances, governance, effectiveness, solicitations and informational materials.
"National charities that display the BBB Wise Giving Alliance seal can do so with pride," says Art Taylor, president and chief executive officer of the Alliance. "Not only are they attesting to their organizations’ adherence to sound standards, they are helping to increase donor confidence and strengthen public trust in giving."
ORBIS International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide. Since 1982, ORBIS volunteers and staff have directly treated more than 4.4 million people for blindness-related diseases and conditions in more than 85 countries. At the same time, ORBIS has been building local capacity to provide eye care in those countries by training more than 154,000 eye care professionals aboard the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital and in local hospitals. Long-term national blindness prevention programs take place in Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India and Vietnam. To learn more about ORBIS, visit www.orbis.org