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Donate to charities online safely

Across the globe there are thousands of charities doing incredible work to help people, animals and the environment. In our wonderfully connected world, it’s easier than ever to support the charity of your choice with online donations. According to the National Philanthropic Trust, Americans donated over $4.7 billion in 2020, and over half of those […]

If making a donation online, make sure the source is legitimate

Cybercriminals are beginning to take advantage of natural disasters, relief efforts and other events that may spur a lot of charitable donations. Scammers hoping to capitalize on hurricane disaster relief, for example, might set up a false donation site to fool unwitting people. By soliciting donations in the name of a reputable cause, scammers hide […]

Only donate directly to online charities

Don’t give your contribution to a third-party website when you can give directly through a charity’s own site. If the charity that you want to support does not offer online giving, you may be able to give through JustGive or Network for Good. Be aware that these third-party websites may charge you a transaction fee. […]

How to donate safely online

If you are thinking of donating online, be sure any charity you donate to is a legitimate non-profit organization and that you type the web address in a browser instead of following a link. Identify your charity. Online or offline never give to a charity that you don’t know anything about

Watch out for charity scammers

Here’s how it works: Someone contacts you asking for a donation to their charity. It sounds like a group you’ve heard of, it seems real, and you want to help. How can you tell what charity is legitimate and what’s a scam? Scammers want your money quickly. Charity scammers often pressure you to donate right […]