Charitable Giving - Do's and Don'ts

Donating to charity is an age old tradition which reflects society’s compassion, humanity, and concern.  Unfortunately, there are some individuals who seek to exploit the public’s generosity by deceiving them into giving money under fraudulent circumstances or for questionable causes.

With that in mind, we put together a few Do’s and Don’ts

 

Do ask to see ID for both the solicitor and the organization, including the organization’s registration number.

Do ask how much of your contribution goes toward the solicitor’s salary or commission.

Do ask how much of your contribution goes toward fund-raising and administrative expenses, including the salaries of the organization directors and employees.

Do ask for written literature and read it!!!

Do ask how much the organization itself is to receive if they are selling a product or service.

Do ask whether your contribution may be tax deductible.

Do be suspicious of anyone who can’t respond to your questions satisfactorily.

 

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Don’t give to an organization you know nothing about.

Don’t let yourself be pressured into contributing.

Don’t feel obligated to give a contribution on the spot.  You can always mail a contribution after receiving more information.

Don’t give because the solicitor gives you a “sob story.”  This approach is usually the sign of phony and unscrupulous operators.

Don’t be fooled by an impressive name or one that closely resembles the name of a respected or legitimate concern.

Don’t use your credit card to make a donation.

And always, if you have any concerns, visit charitynavigator.org for more information.