Giving Tuesday is here! Let’s join hands and promote philanthropy.
But, while donating to a charity, have you ever thought whether or not the charity is a legitimate one?
Therefore, while gifting, make sure the charity is legitimate.
How will you know it?
Here’s how you can be sure that you’re donating to a legitimate charity.
1 Beware from charities accepting only cash
When a charity accepts only cash, it may be a scam. FTC suggests that all donations should be made via credit card or check. Also, make the payment to the charity and not to any person’s name.
2 If the name mimics a reputed charity, it’s suspicious
The scam artists running such an organization aim to mislead or confuse people. People donating to such an organization think that they’re communicating with an established and reputed company.
3 You don’t get any satisfactory answer
When you ask how your money will be used, they don’t give any satisfactory answer; so, no need to donate there.
When you contact a charity, ask how they use the money or how they’re thinking to use your money. If you get a satisfactory answer, then it can be a green signal for you if it satisfies other criteria.
4 Investigate if a charity says they donate 100%
Investigate if the charity tells you that they donate 100% of your amount.
Think logically! A charity has to bear some administrative costs as well. So, if such an organization claims that 100% of what you donate goes straight for charitable purposes, then you should research the company a bit.
5 Ask questions to verify its authenticity
The best way to know whether or not a charity is reliable and legitimate, you should ask questions. They’ll tell you what portion of the donated amount goes toward paying rent along with other operational expenses.
6 Be suspicious about charities that pop up suddenly
It is better not to donate to a charity that has popped up suddenly, especially after a natural disaster or because of any current event. The reason being most of the times, your donated amount doesn't reach the affected area due to lack of infrastructure.
7 Ask for detailed information and research
First of all, ask for detailed information - its name, telephone number, and address. Next, research it online.
Also, make sure to call the charity to be sure that the phone number if valid.
8 Do not give account details along with personal information
Do not give your credit card or bank account number along with personal information
First research about the charity and be sure that it’s a reliable one. Then only, give your bank account number, check card number, credit card number or any other personal information.
9 Some more tips...
- You can trust your instinct. You should feel good about the donation.
- Donate any other things (such as food or clothing) instead of cash if you’ve doubts about its legitimacy
- Think twice if the charity doesn’t provide detailed information about its identity
- It’s goofy to donate to a charity that provides overnight delivery service to collect the donation from you
- Don’t ever send money to a P.O. Box