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Tips on donating Effectively

by FFE PH News staff

Many people are scrambling to help the victims of super typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. However, authorities say there are fraudsters that are also soliciting for fake charities.

America’s consumer protection agency Federal Trade Commission cautioned donors to make sure they are only giving their donations to reputable organisations which will use the money as promised and intended.

The agency revealed that appeals made in person or by phone, email and social networking sites may not be sincere. Legitimate charities end up competing against these scammers who would use the donations in other ways.

Before you part with your donation, consider these:

  • Donate to known and trustworthy charities with proven track records.
  • Check if the charity is listed in sites like the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, Guide Star, The Big Give and Charity Choice.
  • Specify the disaster to which you would like to contribute. This ensures that the donation will be channelled immediately to the specific need.
  • Ask the people seeking donations if they are paid fundraisers and know who they work for and what percentage of the donation will be given to the charity group. If they don’t give a clear answer, consider other charities.
  • Beware of fundraisers that offer prizes. Donating for a cause should not be a prerequisite to winning a prize.
  • Don’t give your personal bank information unless you know for sure that the charity institution is legitimate.
  • Never send cash to third parties, either via mail or by hand, if you’re not sure it will get to the institution.
  • Find out if the charity or fundraiser is registered in your country.

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