Foundation Fighting Blindness Achieves Continuing Accreditation from BBB Wise Giving Alliance

February 01, 2018

Highlighting Excellence in Leadership, Finances and Mission-Driven Work

February 1, 2018 – By meeting key standards in the areas of board oversight, finances, results reporting and fundraising appeals, the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) has achieved continuing accreditation by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. FFB has been accredited by the Wise Giving Alliance since 2007.

“Our Foundation is honored to have achieved continuing accreditation by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance,” says Benjamin Yerxa, PhD, Chief Executive Officer. “This accreditation will provide each donor an added assurance of transparency and of our commitment to wisely steward their gift to maximize its impact on retinal degenerative diseases research.”

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) is a comprehensive charity evaluator, assisting donors in making sound giving decisions. WGA’s broad standards go beyond what the law requires closely monitoring an organization’s fiscal performance.  Each BBB WGA charity report process involves a rigorous review using 20 holistic BBB Charity Standards, interaction with charity officials about corrective actions if needed, 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, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has earned public trust having demonstrated its commitment to sound governance, transparency and achieving its mission.”

The Foundation Fighting Blindness has been an unparalleled leader in supporting research on inherited retinal diseases for over 46 years. It is currently funding 75 research studies at prominent laboratories worldwide and on the spectrum of emerging retinal disease therapies including gene, cell and drug based treatments.



The Foundation Fighting Blindness was established in 1971. It has since raised more than $725 million for research aimed at preventing, treating and curing blindness caused by retinal degenerative diseases. In excess of 10 million Americans, and millions more worldwide, have experienced or are at risk of experiencing vision loss due to retinal degeneration. Through its support of focused and innovative science, the Foundation drives the research that has and will continue to improve the lives of people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and other inherited retinal diseases. 

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