PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – The war in Ukraine is thousands of miles away, but the stories of desperation and need touch us closely. “Times of crisis bring out the best in people, but they can also bring out the worst,” said Kevin Scally, director of relationships at Charity Navigator, which assesses and rates nonprofits. “We encourage people to give with their hearts, but also to give with their heads.”
It’s a challenge when there’s so much fake news circulating on social media, including photos and videos that aren’t real or have anything to do with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. There is also the threat of bogus fundraising efforts by scammers looking for money and personal information.
“You want to make sure you’re supporting a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization,” Scally said. “These are the only organizations where your donation is tax deductible.” You should also avoid high pressure situations. If someone calls or emails and asks for a donation, don’t hand over your money right away. “There’s nothing wrong with taking time to figure out how and where you want to give,” Scally warned.
Charity Navigator also has a warning about personal fundraisers appearing on social media. “Unless it’s a personal family member or an individual who can confirm they are who they say they are, it’s generally safer to donate to non-profit organizations. lucrative. There is more accountability,” Scally said.
If you receive an email or text asking for a donation, avoid clicking on the links; they could infect your device with malware.
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