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VideoStill missing long hair chihuahua. Near 3rd and 97 please if you see her she is very missed. Call jeri 409-781-3191
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Research before giving to charity




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December 21, 2011 | 1,079 views | Post a comment

AUSTIN -- Though philanthropists donate to charities all year long, the holiday season remains the busiest time for charitable donations. Whether donating your time, treasure, or talent, Better Business Bureau reminds consumers to give wisely.

“It’s far too easy for anybody to set up a charity, get tax-exempt status with the IRS, do very little of anything charitable, and get away with it,” said Daniel Borochoff, American Institute of Philanthropy president, on the ABC News program “Primetime.”

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations. Before giving your time or treasure this holiday season, the BBB recommends researching the organization. Check with the BBB at www.give.org to get reports on how national charities measure up to the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability.

According to the BBB’s Standards for Charity Accountability:

•At least 65 percent of total expenses should be spent on program activities

•No more than 35 percent of related contributions can be spent on fund-raising.

For local charities, ask for an annual report or a 990 IRS form to see a breakdown of where the money is allocated.

•Be wary of imitations. Don’t be fooled by names that look impressive or that closely resemble the name of a well-known organization.

•Avoid giving personal information over the phone. Since nonprofits are not required to use the “Do Not Call” list, you could receive a phone call asking for a donation. Avoid giving your personal information over the phone and go “off the call” to confirm the legitimacy of the organization before deciding to donate.

Avoid giving to charities that:

•Use high-pressure solicitations. A legitimate charity will be glad to give you the time needed to fully research its program.

•Offer prizes. Most honest charities do not try to entice you to give by telling you that you have won a prize.

•Steer you away from mailing a donation. Dishonest individuals try and avoid doing anything through the U.S. mail to avoid federal prosecution under postal statutes.

To check the reliability of a company and find trustworthy businesses, visit bbb.org.
 

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