Thursday, June 4, 2009

A reminder to be careful whom you donate to

Today Fugly Horse of the Day posted on a horrific fundraising scam where someone was fundraising in the name of a local horse rescue, but then not turning over the donations.

I think this is a good reminder to be careful who you give donations to. I agree with some of the commenters — I don't "donate" to the cans out in front of the supermarket. No telling where that money is going to.

Probably the safest way to go about donating to a non-profit organization is to give them the money directly. A check placed directly in the hands of a trusted employee, for instance. Or a PayPal payment sent via the button on their website — once you've verified that the website is legitimate, of course.

It makes me sick that there are actually people out there that would take advantage of the generosity of others, but since there's nothing we can do about it, we had better do our research before making a donation.



At May 13, 2010 at 10:48 PM, Anonymous Jeffrey Gillette said...

I know what you mean by this post. I volunteer at a horse rescue facility and we're trying to get our name out there but there have been fraudulent "organizations" out there and it's giving us a really hard time gaining the people's trust.


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