A very nice lady came to Susan\’s door seeking a contribution for the Hungry Reindeer Fund of The North Pole. Susan was an animal lover and did not think twice, despite the fact that money was tight, to make a donation to the cause. As time went on though, and after talking to many of her friends, she began to question whether or not the fund that she had contributed to was legitimate. This time of year there are many charitable organizations which put a â€œpushâ€ on their efforts to collect money. Unfortunately for Susan, she was a victim of a scam and her money went right into the pocket of a thief rather than to a charitable organization.
If a person is solicited and they want to check the validity of the organization that they are donating to, there are two helpful web sites. The first is JustGive.org and the second is CharityNavigator.org. It is best to give to charities that you personally know are on the â€œup-and-up.â€
Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive. Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column.