The Tuesday following Thanksgiving has become known as Giving Tuesday. It is fitting since, for many people, the holidays are the time to make annual charitable donations. This is the time of year that people in the community really get in the spirit of helping people who are not as fortunate as they are. This is good for local charities. Donations keep their doors open.
More than half of non-profit organizations nationwide get the majority of their donations during November and December. With so many charities asking for money, it is important that your hard-earned cash is going to a legitimate charity.
Your BBB suggests getting the charity’s exact name because multiple charities have similar names but may not be connected. Double-check that the charity is who they say they are by checking it through a source like Give.org or NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE CHARITY OFFICIALS (NASCO).
Your BBB also suggests resisting pressure to give on the spot from someone who calls you or comes to your door. Donors are encouraged to ask questions that charities should be happy to answer including “How will my donation be used?” and “What percent of my donation will go to the actual cause?” If it is a local charity, a potential donor may want to make a visit to see exactly how donated dollars are being spent.
Local non-profit organizations say giving cash isn’t the only option this year. Also appreciated are donations of time, gently used items and donations.
In 2015, 17% of donations came from a mobile device. In 2014, it was 13%. The top three most popular sectors to receive donations during Giving Tuesday are faith-based (21%), higher education (17%), medical research (13%) and healthcare (13%).
TIPS: What’s In a Name: Be on the lookout for name similarities. When charities seek out support for the same cause, their names are often similar. Before you give, be sure you have the exact name of the charity you want to support.
Charity Disclosure: Avoid charities that don’t disclose. Although participation is voluntary, charities that don’t disclose any of the requested information to BBB Wise Giving Alliance raise red flags for donors.
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