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Crowdfunding is the use of online platforms to fund a project or cause by raising money from a large number of people.

As part of its FinTech series, the FTC will take a closer look at crowdfunding during a half-day forum today, October 26...

Hurricane Matthew has left the Caribbean and is on its way to the east coast of the U. S. If you live in states along the coast and haven’t begun storm preparations, now’s the time.

Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including heavy...

It’s heartbreaking to see people lose their lives, homes, and businesses to the ongoing flooding in Louisiana. But it’s despicable when scammers exploit such tragedies to appeal to your sense of generosity.

If you’re looking for a way to...

Last May, we told you that the FTC, along with all 50 states and the District of Columbia, announced a complaint against four sham charities. Children’s Cancer Fund of America and the Breast Cancer Society agreed to shut down, but Cancer Fund of...

As the year comes to a close, you might be getting lots of requests for charitable donations. If a cause tugs at your heartstrings, but the charity is unfamiliar to you, take a few minutes – and a few steps – before giving.

Research the...

Whether you’re shopping by phone, mail or online this holiday season, here are a few tips to help you shop wisely and save a few bucks, too.

Make a list and a budget. Include incidentals, like cards, wrapping paper and eating out. Check out...

I recently spent a few days meeting many of our nation’s veterans at the annual VFW and Lady’s Auxiliary conferences in Pittsburgh. An estimated 12,000 delegates, dignitaries and guests convened in the Steel City, a little more than 100 years...

Charities rely on generous donations – cash and gifts-in-kind – to help people in your community, across the country, and around the world. Gifts-in-kind are non-cash donations – things like food, clothing, equipment and medical supplies.

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If you know someone with cancer, you may have considered donating to a cancer-related charity. Many legitimate charities use donations to find treatments and cures. Some support patients and families. But there also are bogus charities that lie,...

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