Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
|November 27, 2018
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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Attorney General Bondi Reveals Charitable Tips on Giving Tuesday
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—In recognition of Giving Tuesday, Attorney General Pam Bondi is releasing charitable giving tips to protect citizens from scams. Nationally celebrated the week after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday is recognized as an international day of charitable giving during the holiday season.
“Giving Tuesday embodies the very essence of the holiday spirit by encouraging people to support charities that enhance the lives of those less fortunate,” Attorney General Bondi said. “However, before you provide to a charity, use these tips to make sure the organization is valid and will be using your donation appropriately.”
To help shield from charity related scams this holiday season, Attorney General Bondi suggests the following tips:
· Before donating, ensure that the charity is legitimate and eligible to solicit in the State of Florida. Check if the charity is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 800HelpFLA.com or by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA;
· Additionally, know how much of a donation will go toward the work of the charity, as opposed to administrative and fundraising expenses. To learn about a registered charity’s spending, again visit 800HelpFLA.com and click on Check-A-Charity;
· Research and review any charitable solicitation carefully. Search online to see what others say about the charity. Contact the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance at Give.org or CharityNavigator.org to determine whether there are complaints against the charity;
· Do not give credit card numbers or bank account information to someone that called or emailed unsolicited. Ask for information and a pledge form to be mailed if interested in donating to a charity that reached out. Legitimate charities should have no problem with this request;
· Watch out for similar sounding charities. It is not unusual for scammers to choose names that sound like legitimate, widely-known charities; and
· Know the difference between tax exempt and tax deductible. An organization that is tax exempt does not have to pay taxes, but this does not necessarily mean that a contribution made to it is tax deductible. To check whether an organization is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions, click here.
For additional tips on charitable giving and more, please read Attorney General Bondi’s 2018 Holiday Consumer Protection Guide.