Richmond, VA – September 8, 2011 – Ten years after September 11, 2001, Americans remain deeply moved by the tragedy of that day and generously willing to aid those who still suffer from the impact of 9/11 events. A number of charities, both old and new, are currently soliciting donations in order to respond to ongoing needs of victims and their families, to support 9/11 memorials, and to carry out other legitimate 9/11 related purposes. However, recent news reports have suggested that some charities that solicited funds in the name of 9/11 relief did not apply the funds appropriately. It is wise to be wary.
BBB recommends: do your homework before giving to the 9/11 cause of your choice. Here are some tips to consider if you are approached with a 9/11 related giving opportunity, especially one that seems unfamiliar, or that is similar to the name of a well-known charity.
· Ask questions about why the charity still needs to collect 9/11 related money now. What ongoing purposes are they serving that flow from the events of 9/11? You can request written details from the charity about what it does with the donations.
· Check with the IRS at www.irs.gov/app/pub-78/ to verify the organization’s tax exempt status. In New York State, you can also verify charity registration through the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau at www.charitiesnys.com.
· Contact your BBB to get BBB charity reviews on 9/11 related charities. See national BBB charity reviews at www.bbb.org/charity. Metro New York area charity reviews are also available through www.newyork.bbb.org.
· Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest a charity for BBB review, and to report any unfamiliar organizations that are collecting 9/11 funds now.
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