#GivingTuesday is the day to start making donations to charity. Here’s how to avoid charities that waste donated money or line their own pockets with it.
#GIVING TUESDAY, 11/29
1. Watch out for copycat charities
Copycat charities use names that are similar, but not connected to, a well-known charity.
2. Avoid being pressured
Don’t let yourself get pushed into a fast donation decision. Any responsible charity will be just as happy to get your money tomorrow as today.
3. Be wary of heart-wrenching appeals
Con artists like to strike while emotions run high about any recently publicized tragedy. Always take the time to verify that your selected charity delivers what it promises.
4. Press for specifics
If, for example, a charity claims that it’s helping the homeless, ask how and where this is happening, and how you can verify.
5. Check the charity’s website for basic info.
A charity’s mission, program, and finances should be on its site. If not, you can find a report about it at Give.org
6. Check tax-exempt status
Not every soliciting organization is a tax-exempt charity. You can check for tax-exempt status at the IRS.
7. Rely on rigorous evaluations
Charities can demonstrate trustworthiness by undergoing thorough evaluations based on the 20 BBB Wise Charities Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability
You get free access to BBB Charity Reports at Give.org: