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2. When in doubt, check it out. If you are
unfamiliar with an organization that is soliciting donations, do not
give without getting details about the charity first.
3. Do not be fooled by low overhead claims.
Some charities spend acceptable amounts on fundraising and
administration, yet still fail to meet one or more of the BBB's twenty
Standards for Charity Accountability.
4. Get the charity's information. Ask for the charity's name, address, and written information on the charity's programs and finances.
5. Watch out for cases of mistaken identity. Some charity names sound alike. Be careful that the one soliciting you is the one you have in mind.
6. Know how much of your purchase goes to the charity.
If something is being sold to benefit a charity, be wary of statements
such as "all proceeds go to charity." Look for a disclosure that states
exactly how much will go to the charity's programs.
7. Watch out for charity fraud. Legitimate charities are transparent and willingly provide written information about their programs and finances.
8. Give by check or credit card. Charitable
contributions to tax-exempt organizations may be tax-deductible to you.
When you give by check or credit card, you have proof of your donation
when it's time to do your taxes. Never be pressured into giving cash
and never give via wire transfer.
9. Just say no. If you get a call from an
unfamiliar organization asking for a contribution over the telephone by
credit card, just say no and hang up. You are not being rude. You are
being careful. The caller could be calling you from anywhere in the
world. The longer they keep you on the telephone, the more likely they
will be to pressure you into giving. Once they have your credit card
number, they could max out your credit limit within minutes.
10. Hit delete. If you get an email from an
unfamiliar organization asking for a contribution with a link to click
on, do not click on the link. Instead, delete the email immediately. If
you click on the link, you could unknowingly download viruses to your
computer. Scammers send out millions of fake ‘phishing' emails every day
to steal your personal information.
For more information about charitable giving, please visit the BBB.