I try to support as many charities as I can, particularly with regard to veterans. But unfortunately, one always has to do some “due diligence” before donating.
One of the best sources I’ve found for checking a charity is the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance ( https://www.give.org/ ). Recently I’ve received an email from them that I think is worth sharing. For what it’s worth, here are the email’s main points —
“No one likes to be a victim of fraud, and that is especially true when it comes to charity fraud….
Do your research; make sure your money counts. Go to Give.org to find a report on a charity that has solicited you.
Be wary of excessive pressure to give. Don’t feel you must give an on-the-spot donation. Charities should welcome your gift whenever you want to send it.
Look for a clear description of the organization’s programs. If the group says they help veterans, does it explain how (financial assistance, shelter, and counseling)?
Watch out for name confusion. Many veterans groups include almost the same words in different order – sometimes for the purpose of hoping a donor will believe they are giving to a more well-known group.
File a complaint!! The FTC, State charity officials, and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance will all record your complaint against a charity that you believe you have been contacted by a fraudulent charity. Use the websites to file a complaint about an organization you believe may be a scam.”