We have Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday and if you want to give, make sure you donate safe.
This time of year, it’s all about the spending. The gifts, the decor, the food..but it’s also a good time to donate money to causes you care about.
According to the Better Business Bureau, since 2012, Giving Tuesday has helped raise more than $1 billion for charity. But any time you’re giving money to anyone, you want to make sure it’s going to the right place. And of course, because a lot of charitable giving is done online, the scammers will be looking for their next victim.
The BBB has set up a website specifically to combat this problem. You can visit give.org and type in the name of a charity and it will pull up info to show it’s legitimacy. For example, I searched American Red Cross. Not only did the website show that it is a BBB Accredited Charity, but also information like their purpose, programs, fundraising, etc.
Art Taylor is the president and CEO of BBB WGA. He said “The evaluations we provide give donors insight into charity trustworthiness, helping them make wiser giving decisions. Holiday donations can make a real impact. Therefore, it’s critical that donors’ hard-earned dollars go to charities that operate ethically.”