Check re­port be­fore giv­ing to char­i­ties

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

The Ul­ster County District At­tor­ney’s Divi­sion of Con­sumer Af­fairs ad­vises donors to con­sult the on­line Na­tional Char­ity Re­port Directory be­fore con­tribut­ing to na­tional char­i­ties.

The web­site for the Bet­ter Busi­ness Bureau Wise Giv­ing Al­liance is avail­able at www.give.org/char­ity-re­views/na­tional.

The al­liance helps donors make in­formed giv­ing de­ci­sions by pro­vid­ing char­ity re­ports. It also ad­vances high stan­dards of con­duct among or­ga­ni­za­tions that so­licit con­tri­bu­tions from the pub­lic through the al­liance’s Ac­count­abil­ity Stan­dards.

While it’s the donor’s de­ci­sion, Wise Giv­ing Al­liance rec­om­mends they avoid or be ex­tremely cau­tious when con­tribut­ing to nondis­clo­sure char­i­ties — those that do not pro­vide Wise Giv­ing Al­liance with in­for­ma­tion needed to com­plete the char­ity eval­u­a­tions.

The Divi­sion of Con­sumer Af­fairs can be reached at (845) 340-3260.

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