BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The last day in November is Giving Tuesday.
On Giving Tuesday, local charities are asking for support from the local community.
The 225 Gives campaign is underway and local non-profit organizations need your help in order to keep running.
For those that want to give, the Better Business Bureau of South Central Louisiana is offering some tips on how to do so wisely.
Watch out for name similarities:
When charities seek support for the same cause, their names are often similar. Before you give, be sure you have the exact name of the charity to avoid a case of mistaken identity.
Review the website carefully:
A responsible charity will include the following facts on its website: its mission and programs, measurable goals, and concrete criteria that describe its achievements. You should also be able to find information on their finances. Keep in mind, the type of work a charity does will affect its costs.
Avoid on-the-spot donation decisions from unfamiliar organizations:
The holidays bring a higher frequency of donation requests outside public locations. Don’t succumb to
pressure to make an immediate giving decision. Responsible organizations will welcome
your gift tomorrow as much as they do today.
Be wary of emotional appeals:
Marketers have been known to exploit the holidays to make emotional pleas to donors. Instead of making an impulse decision based on emotion, do some research first to verify that your selected charity operates ethically.
Check with state charity officials:
In many states, charities are required to register with the office of the attorney general before soliciting. Checking your state’s appropriate office is an easy way to detect if an organization is legitimate or not. You can find this information on the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) website.
Research tax status:
You can check an organization’s tax status with the IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search tool. Also, make sure your contribution is tax deductible.