We all know that assisting the brave men and women who fought for their country and have returned home is a very valid cause.
And it is easy to want to support every charity that sets itself up as a worthy cause, but do you really know where your money is going?
Some of the most deserved of veterans’ charities in America include:
- Gary Sinise Foundation
- Bob Woodruff Family Foundation
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
- Fisher House Foundation
- Hope for Warriors
- Operation Homefront
- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
These reputable veterans’ charities are most deserving of support and money, but there are some less deserving cases that should be treated with suspicion. If you have any doubt whatsoever then CharityWatch is a great place to find out.
CharityWatch and Charity Navigator have an impartial ranking system for all charities in the U.S. They can help as a guideline to which are the most trusted charities and which are not. However, if you are in the mall and somebody asks you for a donation to a veterans’ charity you have not got access to any reference material.
So how do you ensure that your money is going to count for the people you intend it for? Listed below are tips you should follow when you are ever asked for money or donate to a good cause.
How to Ensure Your Money is Going Where it Should
Most people never question the hand that is thrust out to them in shopping malls and on street corners asking for money for some rewarding cause or other. But you should stop and question just who the person you are giving money to is, and what charity do they represent.
It is the fraudsters that really damage the ability of reputable charities from gaining much needed funds as a great deal of the population are so tired of bogus collectors they simply march past worthy causes. If you follow these following tips then you should be okay.
- Never donate cash, good charities will take other forms of money such as check.
- Never give your bank or credit card details to telemarketers. In fact giving money to anybody over the phone is highly dangerous.
- If your gut feeling is an internet appeal does not sound genuine, then check out the charity. If you have no concrete evidence of its legitimacy then keep your money.
- Don’t be pressurized into parting with your money, reputable charities are prepared to wait for donations.
- Ask about the charity, if the response is vague then it is probably bogus.
- Take care with supposedly newly formed charities, they might not exist next week.
- Above all report any abuses of fraud to the State Attorney General’s Office or the closest Better Business Bureau. You can also report any suspicions you have at fraud.org which is the National Fraud Information Center.
Charitable donations to worthy veterans’ causes are much needed, so do not treat every charity as bogus and ignore them. Many of these charities dispense vital aid and assistance to veterans and their families, just check them out first before you donate.