Will Your Donation Really Help Veterans?

November 08, 2017

(New York, NY) – On November 11, Veterans Day, many Americans will seek to honor our veterans and active military personnel for their service and sacrifices to our country. BBB Serving Metro New York encourages those who want to support charities that help veterans and their families to do so - but only after checking the charity first.

“There are trustworthy organizations devoted to remembering and helping our honored Veterans, and we urge donors to be sure the charity they give to is one that is reliable and accountable,” said Claire Rosenzweig, President and CEO of the BBB Serving Metropolitan New York. 

If you wish to donate to a veteran or military-affiliated charity, follow these tips:

  • Be cautious if approached via phone, email or text by someone claiming to represent a veterans’ charity. The person contacting you might be legitimate, but often scammers will also get in touch this way. If you are interested in donating to a veterans’ charity, it is usually safer to give online or by mail after verifying the charity’s identity and true location. 
  • Don’t give into pressure.  If you are being pushed to donate immediately, that is a warning signal. Remember that giving to charities is a year-round opportunity.
  • Ask questions.  Ask for details about the charity’s programs and how they benefit veterans. To see how the organization spends donations, request a copy of the organization’s annual report. You can also find the charity’s most recent IRS Form 990, a required annual financial report that must be filed with the IRS and New York State, at GuideStar.org.
  • Check before giving. Beware of sound-alike charities. Sometimes scammers will knowingly use names aimed at confusing the donor. Check a charity with BBB at www.ny.give.org or www.give.org, to see if the organization has met BBB’s high standards. You can also check charities that solicit in New York State with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau


About BBB Serving Metropolitan New York

For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the regional, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national and international programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation. The BBB Serving Metropolitan New York was founded in 1922.  Please visit newyork.bbb.org or bbb.org for more information.