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1. To avoid problems with people asking for charitable donations, establish an annual charitable giving plan at the begining of each year. Decide how much and to whom you will give and then investigate those charities before giving. Whenever others call throughout the year, tell them to send you written information so that you can consider them next year.
2. Before giving to a charity, ask for printed materials through the mail that include the name, address, and telephone number of the charity.
3. Before giving, ask for a description of how and where the funds will be used and a copy of the fundraiser/charity's registration number (where applicable).
4. Before giving, ask for a statement which describes how much of the money you give would go to the charitable purpose versus to the fundraiser.
5. Before givin, ask for a description of the charity's fundraising history including information about how they have spent their money in the past.
6. Before giving, make sure you have verified the information they have sent you by contacting either your Secretary of State's Office or your local Attorney General's Office. One of these agencies requires annual financial reports which disclose how charitable organizations spend their money.
7. Never respond to an emotional plea from a caller who is appealing for funds to help victims of a natural disaster or a war of some other major news event. Always demand that such callers send you written information before you consider giving.
8. Never respond to an emotional plea from a caller who is appealing for funds to help victims of a natural disaster or a war or some other major news event. Always demand that such callers send you written information before you consider giving.
8. Never send cash to a charity either through the mail or at your door. Always write a check and state on the check what it is for.
9. Don't respond to high pressure sales tactics. Always give yourself ample time to think about it before giving.
10. If you suspect fraud or have questions about a solicitation you receive over the phone or through the mail, contact your State Attorney General's Office or Secretary of State's Office.
From the book "SCHEMES & SCAMS" by Douglas P. Shadel & John T.
Foreword by Walter Cronkite
Permission granted to copy by Newcastle Publishing Co., Inc.,
N. Hollywood, CA (800) 932-4809
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