Charity Scams

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If you’re thinking about giving to a charity, do your research to avoid fraudsters who try to take advantage of your generosity. Here are tips to help make sure that your charitable contributions actually go to the cause you support.

What You Need to Know

Learn the signs of a charity scam and get tips for researching a charity.

Charitable Gifts-in-Kind FAQ

When you think about donating to a charity, you may think about donating money. But there’s another type of donation you may not be aware of — gifts-in-kind.

Before Giving to a Charity

Tips to help make sure your charitable contributions are put to good use

Donating Through an Online Giving Portal

When donating through an online giving portal, be sure you know how your money gets to the charity you’re supporting, how much of it gets there, and when. Here’s some guidance on how to do that.

Specific Charity Scams

Some scammers focus on specific causes to play on your generosity. Rip-off artists often focus on emotional appeals or disasters in the news.

Charitable Solicitations for Vet & Military Families

How to donate to legitimate charities that support servicemembers and their families.

Fundraisers Calling on Behalf of Police and Firefighters

Questions to ask telemarketers claiming to call on behalf of local police and firefighters.

Tips for Businesses

Get advice on how to vet fundraising professionals before you hire them and how your business can give wisely to local public service entities.

Online Charitable Giving Portals

Online charitable giving portals must ensure that their efforts to provide more giving options do not inadvertently create donor confusion or violate advertising law principles. Here’s some guidance on how to do that.