Do you check out the organization first before donating your money?

@poohgal (6848)
Singapore
October 16, 2007 12:54pm CST
Hello there. I am sure all of us have donated money (small or big amount) before. Do you usually check out the organization first before donating to that particular organization? Or do you just donate without checking? I usually donate without checking. However, recently there are some cases of money embezzlement committed by the management of charitable organizations. They use public's money for personal use. I find that very despicable. After reading about these cases, nowadays, I'll check out on the charitable organization first before I actually donate. I want my money to help the needy and not to supplement the management's bills.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
16 Oct 07
I check, definitely. In fact, I'm far more likely to donate to organizations that have actually helped me in the past, or ones that I have volunteered at, so that I know how things actually work there. If I'm donating to something else, I usually make sure it's a well-known organization, and even then I'll check through the BBB's charity pages. It's a very useful resource, and there are many other such resources that rate charities based on how they use the money and such. I'm less careful if I'm giving money to someone in person, because I'd rather take the chance of being duped than not help someone who needs it. But when it comes to charities, I'm more careful.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
16 Oct 07
Thanks for responding. I agree totally with you. I must learn to be as prudent as you when it comes to donating my money to charities. Thanks and have a nice day =D
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@aureliaz (1179)
• Singapore
17 Oct 07
Being in a small country helps in this aspect - in the sense that there are only so many charities existing. Thus it isn't a problem recognizing their causes and how well- established they are. There was a huge scandal a couple years ago when the National Kidney Foundation (arguably the most popular charity in Singapore), whose donation drives are really pervasive cause all students from the primary and secondary schools are handed the donation cards and are pushed to get donations,was discovered to be mishandling millions of dollars worth of donations. Public outcry, hurt feelings and the like ensued. Anyway my point is that I agree with you: I think it's well worth it to check out the way charities run things before committing to anything. But considering the fact that I'm still a student..well..I don't have much spare to donate anyways :)
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
17 Oct 07
Good to find a Singaporean here. =D When I was a student, I used to donate to NKF through monthly bank deduction. After the revelation of the scandal, I immediately stop my donation. Even though it was not a big amount, the thought of Durai embezzling our money was awful. It's true that being in a small country makes it easier for us to check out the background of the organizations. That's what I do nowadays. Thanks for sharing. Good luck for your exams if you are having exams now =D
• United States
17 Oct 07
Due to my limited income I don't donate much. I give money at church mostly. I can say from experience of all the millions of dollars collected by the red cross for hurricane katrina victims each person only received $360. I would never give them any money or advise anyone too the people it's meant for don't get it.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
17 Oct 07
I agree with you. Tithing is very important. On our part, it is also important for us to find out what the church do with our tithes. I've read about church leaders who embezzle tithes. It's very saddening to read about that. As church leaders, they should lead by example and do what they preach. Thanks for responding.
@nmw2005 (1197)
• United States
17 Oct 07
I always check them out, I want to make sure that the money is goign to help people and not fund the companys upkeep. I normally give to the same charities every year, so it has not been a problem for me.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
17 Oct 07
Yup. That's very good. I will check them out before i donate too. Thanks for sharing. =D
@woodlin (160)
• United States
17 Oct 07
Yes you definitely need to verify the validity of any organization wanting your money. To many have scammed good people into much money all for nothing. This was seen after many natural disasters. Always be sure it is a legit organization. Best places are always listed with the better business bureau. Another way to check is the internet. If you type in the name of the group along with the word scam you may find them at the top of the list. There are places on the net that list all the known scam organizations. Also, another way to do it is to only give to ones you know. Such as salvation army, red cross, American cancer society and so on. Keep safe!
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
17 Oct 07
Thanks for the advice. I'll do my research before donating. Thanks =D God Bless you.
• United States
17 Oct 07
Yes, I do. That is why when I am able to make money online and they have an option to "give to charity" I would prefer to take the money for me. I need charity too. If any organization gives to planned parenthood or any organization that condones abortion, I do not give them money out of my pocket. I have stopped giving money to the RNC over a year ago because they are not my party anymore. I am kind of in limbo right now. But I will not vote for a Dem.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
17 Oct 07
Thanks for your response. I do not donate money online too. It's hard to tell if the organization is legitimate or not. Thanks for sharing. =D
@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
17 Oct 07
Yeah a lot of scams out there. I usually just donate to Unicef. It's my favorite charity. I rarely donate anywhere else. Definitely wise to check the organization first.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
17 Oct 07
I do donate to Unicef too. I think Unicef is definitely a reputable organization. I personally do donate to local charitable organizations too. I've been cheated by a couple of them before. Even though they make up the minority of the charitable organizations in my country, it is still terrible to hear of such things happening. We should do charity for good and not for selfish reasons. Thanks for responding. =D
@Pompon (1758)
• Poland
16 Oct 07
Yes I do. there are so many scams and people who take money for themselves claiming it's for the sake of poor or children i really have no choice:/ I have to make sure I donate to ones they need money. Each fair organization shows exatly what they use thheir money for. I apreciate that, beside they have nothing to hide anyway. If some charity people want to keep some informations secret it stinks:/
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
17 Oct 07
Good to hear that. I have donated to fraud charitable organizations before and I feel really angry and cheated. I feel angry for myself and the needy. They make use of the needy plight to gain sympathy from us to donate money. In the end, they use the money for their personal use. Terrible. Thanks for sharing. =D
• India
16 Oct 07
Yes, in this world today you cant trust anyone blindly. Many organizations have fraud leaders who are sucking up the fund. Making sure that this doesnt happen and to ensure that our money is well utilised, either try to organise a meal for the inmates of the charity home ,or provide clothing or any other alternative and try avoiding bulk money donation to prevent it from falling into wrong hands.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
17 Oct 07
Yes. I totally agree with you. It's horrible that those fraud leaders make use of the public's sympathy to gain cash for themselves. Thanks for sharing. =D