Donors: Three (3) Ways to Keep from being Scammed

Donors are always on the lookout for scammers. Author of this article operates a not-for-profit, the Local Homeless Veteran Outreach, and is trained in the art of curating donations for not-for-profit organizations.

You think, “It will never happen to me.” The truth is it happens to just about everyone, so in this article we will discuss three (3) ways to keep you from being scammed when you donate.

According to the smartasset.com in its article, The 50 Worst Charityes in America- How to Keep from Being Scammed (Fank Addessi, 2015), there are ways in which you can keep from being scammed. This article reminds donors or potential donors that donors should be careful donating because there are many scams that take advantage of people’s generosity. If you don’t do your homework, you might not getting your monies worth with your donation.

Online-scams

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According to charitynavigator.org, Protecting Yourself from Online Scames, donors are given several ways to protect against online scams. Even though online scams are one of many different kinds of scams, donors can guard against online and any kind of scams by using the three suggestions named in this article.
Comparing these two (2) articles and my own experience running a not-for-profit organization for homeless veterans, I have three actions I would recommend to donors try-out to get the most out of their donations:

Check Credentials – Legitimate organization have to have license to do any activities within your state. Go to the Secretary of State’s website and do a simple business search to find out if the organization you are planning to donate to is a real organization.

Check Testimonies – Not-for-profit organizations are always proud to display their work with testimonies. Testimonies gives you a clear picture of what an organization is doing with your donation.

Designate Your Donation – Donors should be aware they can determine how the not-for-profit spends its donations. If you want all your donation to go to the organizations expenses, specify to the recipient that you want your donation to go for expenses. Otherwise, your donation could be spent on whatever the organization needs.

Reference:

IRS

Guidestar

Charitynavigator

Better Business Bureau
In summary, smart donors are happy donors, and happy donors, do the most good.

 

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Author, Jerry Smales, currently operates an outreach program for homeless veterans in West Virginia. He has a post-graduate degree in Strategic Leadership and under-graduate degree in Organizational Leadership. He is currently studying at Northwestern University in its Social Marketing online coursera.com. You are welcome to connect with Jerry Smales.

 

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