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UPA Achieves Accreditation From BBB Wise Giving Alliance


UPA Achieves Accreditation From BBB Wise Giving Alliance

Highlighting Excellence in Leadership, Finances and Mission-Driven Work

BBB Accredited CharityWASHINGTON, June 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- By meeting key standards of board oversight, finances, results reporting and fundraising appeals, United Palestinian Appeal achieved accreditation by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. This accreditation signifies that United Palestinian Appeal that it is deserving of donor trust as they are a well-run nonprofit organization.

"UPA is honored to be accredited by the Better Business Bureau," says Saleem F. Zaru, executive director of United Palestinian Appeal. "We are committed to accountability and transparency to our donors and the Palestinian communities we serve."

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 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. Thousands of charities have reports available to the public at

"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, United Palestinian Appeal has earned public trust having demonstrated its commitment to sound governance, transparency and achieving its mission."

Established in 1978, UPA is the oldest Palestinian-American non-profit organization working to support Palestinians. Throughout the years, UPA has allocated close to $100 million for projects and programs in support of its mission. UPA has maintained its integrity as a strictly humanitarian organization, independent of any political affiliation or ideology.

United Palestinian Appeal works to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians, particularly those in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and refugee camps throughout the Middle East, and to contribute to the long-term socioeconomic and cultural development of Palestinian society. UPA's areas of focus are health care, education, and community and economic development.

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, fundraising, 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

Media Contacts:
Saleem F. Zaru (United Palestinian Appeal)

Tina Beaty (BBB Wise Giving Alliance)


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