It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day we focus on giving back or paying it forward.
Tis the season for giving. Many of the charitable organizations have their hands out for donations right now. Do you know if they are a legitimate organization? Do you know if the funds are actually going where they say they are going? Here are some tips to check out a charity from the FTC (Federal Trade Commission).
Before giving to a charity google them. Type the name of the charity with complaint, review, rating, scam (or any other keyword similar to these) and see what comes up.
Check out their website. On the site does it state how much goes to administrative costs, designated areas, overhead?
Look up the specific charity on your state’s regulatory site…http://nasconet.org.
Charities are only allowed to call from 8 am until 9 pm.
And remember if you have not donated to them in the past then the phone call must be a real person. No robocalls until you have already donated.
I hope this helps you navigate your giving this holiday season.
With inky fingers,