Denver, CO – March 13, 2012 – In the wake of recent disasters in Alabama, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, and other states involving numerous tornadoes, many Americans want to help those who were impacted. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns donors to exercise caution when making donations to relief agencies and charities.
As with every natural disaster, there are unscrupulous schemers who will attempt to take advantage of the public’s eagerness to help victims.
“The images of what has happened in the south and Midwest are unnerving and they instantly compel Americans to want to give and help in any way they can,” said Dale Mingilton, president and CEO of the BBB Serving Denver/Boulder. “The urgency behind such disasters and desire to give is often what causes people to get taken advantage of in these situations. It’s so important that donors take a minute to do their homework to ensure they are giving to a trustworthy and effective organization.”
The BBB offers the advice for donors to ensure their donations go to trustworthy relief efforts.
For more tips on wise giving and donating via social media, please visit denver.bbb.org.
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