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What to watch out for before donating to charity

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)

The Better Business Bureau offer tips for safely donating to charities this holiday season.

"One of the big things to look out for is copycat charities," BBB Cape Girardeau director Joey Keys said. "You want to make sure you're giving to the charity you're actually looking for."

The BBB has tips for would-be donors:

  • Do not feel pressured to give money on the spot. Legitimate charities will be just as gracious to accept your money today as they are tomorrow.
  • If making a donation online, make sure your working on a secure website in order to protect your sensitive information.
  • If you are unsure how an organization will use you are, just ask.
  • Use online tools like give.org to check out how charities will use your money.

"If you're giving to a charity, you should feel comfortable enough to ask them for their information and the programs the money is going to," Keys said.

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