Door to Door Charity Collection BBB Asks “Who are you Collecting For?”

  
     
April 17, 2017

BBB was contacted by one of its board members who inquired about door-to-door solicitors leaving bags on doorknobs at people's homes in the Oxford area. The bags were left as an attempt to collect clothing for a charity, but it is unclear who the charity was that the collections were for. The name of the collection company is called ClothingPickupAtl.com and attempts to contact the company by BBB have failed to find out additional information such as who there are, who are the collecting for, and are they registered with Mississippi to solicit collections. The phone number is tied to a business in Lawrenceville GA called Park Ave Outlet, which states that it helps several charities. A BBB investigation has uncovered several news stories from Georgia, Indiana, and North Carolina accusing the organization of selling the collected items for profit. BBB would like to know who they are collecting these items for and are any of the collections going to Mississippi charities.

“We want residents who donate items to know what is happening to their Clothing for A Causedonations.”says John O’Hara, CEO Better Business Bureau serving Mississippi “There are so many charities that use these donations to help their cause and donors want their donation to count, so investigation before you donate.

Do Your Homework, Know the Charity

Once you have decided which charity or charities you want to donate to, do your homework, you don't have to wait until the holidays to do that homework. If you can decide who you support during the year, you may feel more comfortable turning down other requests during the holiday season. You can work throughout the year to identify charities you'd like to work with and eliminate the need to respond to other solicitations. Even better, get to know the the organizations you are supporting.

Factors To Consider

  1. If you get a solicitation, ask the caller if he/she is a paid fundraiser. If so, ask the name of the charity, the percentage that's actually going to the cause, and how much will go to the fundraiser.
  2. Keep a record of your donations.
  3. Visit this Internal Revenue Service (IRS) web page to find out which organizations are eligible to receive tax deductible contributions.
  4. Know the difference between "tax exempt" and "tax deductible." Tax exempt means the organization doesn't have to pay taxes. Tax deductible means you can deduct your contribution on your federal income tax return.
  5. Be wary of charities that spring up too suddenly in response to current events and natural disasters. Even if they are legitimate, they probably don't have the infrastructure to get the donations to the affected area or people.


Contact your local BBB for local charity reviews or BBB Wise Giving Alliance for nationwide charity reviews at
give.org.