Police and Firefighter Appeals
- Don’t assume that the words "police" or "firefighter" in an organization's name means your local police force or fire department is involved.
- Ask for specifics about the programs your donation would support. Appeals are sometimes vague on this point.
- Don’t be pressured into giving on the spot. Sympathy for the cause is no reason to forgo checking out the charity.
- Don’t believe the suggestion (it’s illegal) that your donation will give you “special treatment” from police or firefighters.
- Telemarketing, used by many police and fire organization, can be costly. If solicited by phone, ask for financial information that will enable you to check this out.
- Don’t assume that your contribution will be tax deductible as a charitable gift. Police and firefighter organizations may be of many types, not all with the same deductibility status.
- See if the Better Business Bureau in your area has a report about the organization.