With the holidays soon approaching, many families in need are scrambling to finance a memorable day for their children. Many jump at the opportunity to help lower income families have a brighter season, but the desire to give should not cloud personal judgment.
For as many people as there is in need this holiday season, there’s an equal if not greater amount of people looking to capitalize upon such overwhelmingly generosity. It can be difficult to discern whether the charity donation you make is legitimate, do the research ahead of time to avoid being scammed.
Make sure you ask questions regarding your donation. If you’re donating to a company you’re not totally familiar with or donated to before, be certain to verify their information online. Any company you’re unable to find information for online is generally best to avoid, as a rule of thumb. Be especially leery toward charities that insist you make a donation immediately.
The easiest way to get swindled is by placing blind trust in a company or person, something those who donate are more susceptible to during the holiday season. The bottom line is if you cannot confirm a person’s identity or situation online, you run a serious risk of being taken for a ride.
Are you thinking about donating to a local charity? Follow these tips and you’ll help keep donations in the hands of those who need them most.