Do you trust charities?

@Riptide (2761)
United States
June 30, 2007 9:58pm CST
Do you trust charities? If you do, which ones do you trust and which ones don't you trust? I trust the ASPCA and WWF. They have and are still doing a lot of good and it shows. It's hard to know what charities to trust these days. How do we know if the money goes to the intended purpose or if it's just lining the pockets of the people heading the charities. I found this article which made me raise this question. I used to trust the United Way, until I found this.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
1 Jul 07
I have started googling the charities by name and checking Better Business Bureau. I recently almost got scammed by a charity that is suppose to help veterens. After finding out more info on the president of the organization and Better Business website, I found that the man was a con artist who had spent time in jail for it. It wasn't a legitimate charity. When I contacted BBB they just referred me to their website. I thought they would go after the man and put a stop to it but they didn't.
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
1 Jul 07
Most of the ones I trust are local ones whose work I have taken part in directly. I like to be able to actually be there and see the things happening in order to decide whether I want to be a part of it. It makes me feel like I'm not just throwing money into the ether in hopes of helping someone. There are a few large organizations that I have donated to, but most of those are through events people I know have participated in, like Walkamerica, Heartwalk, Relay for Life. It seems to put more of a face on the issue when people I know are putting real effort into it, and since usually my health keeps me from participating in such events, I sponsor others instead. If I'm considering a donation to an organization that I don't know a lot about, I'll ask around about them, or investigate them through the BBB's website as well.