others, be sure to consider the following precautions to ensure
that your donation dollars benefit the people and organizations
you want to help. They're good practices whether you're
contacted by an organization's employees, volunteers or
professional fund-raisers, soliciting donations by phone, mail
or in person.
for written information about the charity, including name,
address and telephone number. A legitimate charity or
fund-raiser will give you information about the charity's
mission, how your donation will be used and proof that your
contribution is tax deductible.
out the charity's financial information. For many
organizations, this information can be found online at
www.guidestar.org or at GuideStar, 427 Scotland Street,
Williamsburg, VA 23185; 757-229-4631.
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