Consider donating to an established disaster-relief charity like the Red Cross. However, Charity Navigator suggests that instead of boxing up and sending your gently used clothing, you should hold a garage sale and send the proceeds to a group that can help more directly. But don’t get tricked into giving to a bogus charity or one that isn’t really in a position to assist.
The BBB says that during disasters many, they expect “storm chasers” to crop up. It is important that we don’t let down our guard and do our homework, so our hard-earned money helps those who are truly in need.
When disaster hits, it’s human nature to want to help.
There is no information about how the money is going to be used. And the Houston Humane Society needs money, too.
Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston and other parts of Texas, leaving many people wondering how they can help. And look through local news reports for information on a charity’s work, or contact the local United Way and the local Community Foundation – in this case Houston’s.
The quickest way to give is to go to the charity’s website and donate directly, using a credit or debit card.
Keep in mind that some crowdfunding sites do very little vetting of individuals who decide to post for assistance after a disaster.
Whenever possible, write a check payable to the charity so you have a record of your donation. You can also make donations online at RedCross.org, or by phone at 1-800-RED-CROSS. As the BBB points out, all charities have administrative costs.
The Federal Trade Commission has put together a list of precautions before you donate. The office offered the following tips on avoiding fake charities and other donation-related scams. “Virginians have to be cautious and smart about their donations because the sad truth is there are pathetic people out there who will try to exploit a disaster like this to line their own pockets”.
It is a shame that people take advantage of others’ good nature.
You should do your research before giving money to an organization.
Some use websites close to what the real charities’ websites look like. For the American Red Cross, you can sign up on the organization’s website. The service is waiving all fees until September 25. Check with your local animal shelters.