If Giving Tuesday inspires a sense of philanthropy in New Yorkers, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says they should make sure their donations are going to a worthy cause.
Calling Giving Tuesday a fantastic opportunity to support those in need, Schneiderman offered some donation do’s and don’ts in a news release.
“If you plan on giving, follow our tips to ensure that your money is going to a worthy cause and that the charity will use your money wisely,” he said.
The notion of Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a global day of giving after the consumerism and commercialism of Black Friday, according to several websites promoting the concept.
Schneiderman on Tuesday said one of the more important bits of advice is thoroughly researching the charity or group you are considering for a donation.
Take time to research the organization, the release said. Know its mission and effectiveness before giving. A list of registered charities in the state is at charitiesnys.com.
Other tips include:
- Know where the money is going. Review the charity’s financial reports about how it spends donations.
- Don’t be pressured by telemarketing campaigns. The state has an annual report of telemarketing campaigns in New York, Pennies for Charity (also at charitiesnys.com). Be wary of claims such as “all proceeds will go to charity.” Telemarketers are required to respond truthfully to questions, the release said.
- You have the right to request being placed on a do-not-call list or that a charity remove your name from its solicitation list.
- Be wary of charities created immediately after a natural disaster or other current event.
- Don’t disclose personal information, including Social Security numbers or credit card numbers.
- If donating online or by text, be sure there is a secure method of payment. Online payment websites should include “https” in the web address.
- And never give cash. Contribute with a check made payable to the charity, the release said.