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Tips for Safe Charitable Giving in Response to Earthquakes in Chile and Haiti
Date:3/1/2010

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  • How would you like your donation to be spent? Would you like your gift to focus on immediate needs such as feeding the hungry or providing medical assistance, or meeting long term needs like establishing infrastructure?
  • Don't be swayed by emotional or high-pressure solicitations with little or no substance.  Don't make a donation to an unknown charity over the telephone or via an e-mail request, especially if it pressures you to give immediately, or refuses to send information unless you make a pledge.  Verify organizations by visiting the Charities Review Council online Giving Guide at http://www.smartgivers.org/GivingGuide.
  • How do you protect yourself from fraud?  Always pay by check or credit card, NEVER with cash.  Cash can be lost or stolen.  Do not provide your credit card number unless you know the charity and you initiate the contact.
  • Is the organization accountable to its donors?  Don't hesitate to ask for written information about programming and financial activity.  Research that information on the organization's Website or contact the Charities Review Council at www.SmartGivers.org or (651) 224-7030.
  • Find out whether your contribution is tax-deductible:  Ask the organization if it is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  Gifts to 501(c)3 organizations are t
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