A you know, Hurricane Isaac made landfall and thrashed Louisiana with harsh winds, rain and flooding. While Isaac continues its destructive path, charities may soon begin soliciting for donations to support the relief efforts. With many options available for you to consider, the Better Business Bureau offer tips for donors looking to assist in the relief efforts. Before giving your donation, they recommend:
Research the organization. Check BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance at http://www.give.org to get reports on how national charities measure up to BBB Standards for Charity Accountability.
Avoid giving personal information over the phone. Since nonprofits are not required to use the “Do Not Call” list, you could receive a phone call asking for a donation.
Be cautious of online or text message solicitations. Online giving can be very convenient, but avoid donating in response to unexpected text messages or emails that claim to link to a relief organization.