Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter is encouraging compassion and caution when donating, following President Bush’s appeal to Americans to contribute to the Tsunami relief efforts. President Bush asked former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush to lead a nationwide charitable fundraising appeal.
“Unfortunately, in times of disaster some people will attempt to take advantage of Hoosiers’ eagerness to aid victims of tragedy,” Attorney General Carter said. “When donating to the Tsunami relief efforts, it’s best to give to reputable charities with well established histories of disaster relief experience.”
Hoosier’s should consider the following tips before giving:
• Give to charities with experience in carrying out relief efforts.
• Make sure the charity gives details about what it will do to help victims.
• Make checks or money orders payable to the charitable organization.‑
• Never send cash or make checks or money orders payable to the individual collecting the donation.
• Listen closely for similar sounding names to legitimate organizations.
• Refuse high pressure tactics seeking immediate donations.
• Do not give out personal financial information to solicitors.
“People shouldn’t hesitate to ask the charity how much of their donation will go to the relief effort and how much to the solicitor’s administrative costs,” Carter added.
“Be cautious if the solicitor is reluctant to answer reasonable questions.”
The Attorney General’s website provides a list of registered fundraisers in Indiana at www.in.gov/attorneygeneral.‑ People can also check out a charity or company by contacting the Better Business Bureau or by logging on to their website at www.give.org.
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