Charity fraud does a lot of harm. The con artist takes advantage of people’s good will and takes their cash -money that was meant for people in need. You can make sure that any money you give gets into the right hands. Just remember these tips when somebody asks you for a donation.
I believe in charity I feel that it is the duty of those with resources to give some of those resources (time, money, skill) to those in need. I don’t think it should be forced by the government, but should come from the good will of the common man.
What I don’t understand is the mindset of someone that will engage in charity fraud, It escapes me how someone can steal from the less fortunate. I guess that is why one of the things I hate most in life is people that steal handicapped parking spots or abled body people that ride the electric scooters in wal-mart.
- Ask for identification -the organization AND the solicitor. Find out what the purpose of the charity is and how funds are used.
- Ask if contributions are tax deductible.
- If you’re not satisfied with the answers-don’t give.
- Give to charities that you know.
- Check out the ones you’ve never heard of before, or others whose names are similar to a well-known charity.
- Don’t fall for high-pressure tactics. If solicitors won’t take no for an answer, tell them NO anyway -BUT DON’T GIVE THEMYOUR MONEY.
- Be suspicious of charities that only accept cash.
- Always send a check made out to the charity and not the individual requesting the donation.