Identifying Charity Scams

Identifying Charity Scams

During the holiday season, millions of us will open our hearts – and wallets – to worthy causes near and far. It’s a good time to remember some best practices when choosing where to send your hard-earned resources.

The Federal Trade Commission has some useful information on how to research charities online, and how to make sure your online payments go where you think they will. This site also has a handy list of common scam tactics.

The American Association of Retired Persons has a quick read on how to handle solicitations, with some information you can look for to find out if a charity you’re considering is a good investment.

There are many ways to give this holiday season, but not all of them will make the best use of your support. CFA has a deep well of experience to draw from, and can help you connect with local causes that match your philanthropic goals.

We’re also a verified 501(c)(3) organization, so you know your CFA contributions are managed with integrity, and any organization we support with your donation has to comply with CFA’s monitored processes for spending.

To find out more about starting your own philanthropic fund or giving to an existing one, contact Donor Services Officer Paula Hencel: phencel@cfalleghenies.org / (814) 209-8663.

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