How To Make Sure Your Donation Goes The Furthest On 'Giving Tuesday'

29 November, 2017, 01:06 | Author: Randy Kelley
  • Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to donate to local nonprofit organizations. Courtesy  PEEC

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Americans are being asked to reach into their pockets again, but this time for a good cause. In its debut, the movement triggered more than $10 million in online donations, a 53 percent jump over the same Tuesday a year earlier.

Zurbgrugg said in IL, a website has gone up that allows donors to give to their favorite nonprofit or charity organization online at www.ilgive.com, and promoted on social media using the hashtag #ilgive.

If you weren't prepared for this "Giving Tuesday" event, you don't have to wait until next year.

"I wasn't aware, that Tuesday is Giving Tuesday, but I always give to a charity in December and this year is going to be St. Jude's", said Mary Anne Hauenstein, another donor. "What we'll be proving is backpacks which include hotel vouchers, food, clothing, and any kind of care kits that they may need", she says. Although participation is voluntary, charities that don't disclose any of the requested information to BBB WGA raise a critical red flag for donors. Some scammers are known to name themselves similarly to a well-known charity.

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If you are thinking about giving back, make sure you protect yourself from scammers.

Also watch out for on-the-spot donations when dealing with unfamiliar organizations. Don't succumb to pressure to make an immediate giving decision. Reputable charities will welcome your gift tomorrow as much as today. Once you configure the app, you have a chance to win a $1,000 donation to your charity through their monthly Doofl ("donation raffle" or "Do-Full").

Be wary of emotional appeals. Charities can demonstrate they are trustworthy by agreeing to in-depth evaluations such as the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Visit Give.org to find out your selected charity's disclosure status. Last year, $177 million was donated online, according to the Giving Tuesday website.

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