How to Find and Donate to Trustworthy Charities

List: Posted: 08/04/11

Charitable giving is more than important – it is often the only source of help that the charity's beneficiaries receive.  Unfortunately, not all charity organizations are what they seem.  Some are outright scams, who only want to part you from the money that you donate.

 

Inquire After Taxes

 

The first thing that you need to do when searching for a trustworthy charity is ask the charity contact person if your donation can be deducted from your taxes.  If the charity is real, then chances are good that the donation can be taken off your annual taxes, even if you decide not to do so.


What Percentage Goes to Charity?

 

Another way to separate out the scam artists is to ask how much of your donation will actually go toward the cause.  A real charity such as the Salvation Army or ASPCA will donate a minimum of sixty percent to the cause, reserving the rest of the money for operating costs.

 

Be Wary of Telemarketers

 

If you receive a phone call about giving money to a charity, it is wise to hang up.  Never give money over the phone to a charity, unless you made the call to them yourself.  Scammers are notorious for calling and requesting charitable donations, only to bilk people out of their hard-earned money in the name of doing good.


Go Local

 

Finally, you might consider choosing a local charity.  This way, you can actually see the results of the charity's work in the community and know that your money went to a good cause.

 

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  • 21673 Beaumeade Cir
  • Ashburn, VA 20147
  • (703) 430-1500

    Door of Hope is a non-profit organization devoted to breaking the bonds of poverty in communities. We provide thousands of dollars to churches, schools, yiorphanages and community centers in the poorest places on earth through recycling of used clothes. More importantly, our work is based on the message of Jesus Christ, who brought freedom for all.

    • 21770 Beaumeade Cir Ste 155
    • Ashburn, VA 20147
    • (703) 430-1500
    • 20921 Davenport Dr Ste 113
    • Sterling, VA 20165
    • (703) 444-5956

      Goodwill of Greater Washington's mission is to transform lives and communities through the power of education and employment.

      • 22405 Enterprise St Ste 106
      • Sterling, VA 20164
      • (703) 444-5186

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