The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering advice on giving to charities on this “Giving Tuesday.”
Charities receive one-third of their annual donations during the holiday giving season, according to the BBB.
Teresa Stitcher Fritz, BBB Lincoln/Greater Nebraska branch manager, says the BBB evaluates charities on 20 points, including accountability.
“We look to see if they are using their money wisely, that it’s going to actually run the organization and not just paying for the administration,” Fritz tells Nebraska Radio Network.
She suggests you research any charity you are not familiar with and do not give right away if someone is pressuring you.
Also, be sure you’re giving to the right charity.
“Be sure you have the exact name of the charity to avoid a case of mistaken identity,” Fritz explains. “Sometimes, charities that do not use their money wisely will try to have a similar name [to a reputable charity].”
The BBB’s website, www.give.org, has information on charities.
The bottom line, Fritz says, is to give wisely.
“We encourage people to use their credit cards, because you do have some assistance and safety with using your credit card,” she says. “If you would find out the organization is a scam, you can stop the donation on your credit card or stopping a check, if you can talk to your bank right away.”
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:39]