Before you donate to charities between now and the end of the year, do your research to make sure your hard-earned money is going to the intended cause. A 2021 AARP survey found that 38% of US adults say they have received a charity request that seemed fraudulent. The following are a few tips to help make sure that your donation is benefitting the intended cause:
Before you give, visit www.checkthecharity.com to verify the charity is authorized to solicit donations in Colorado. Additional charity watchdog sites include www.charitynavigator.org and www.give.org. If you don’t have access to the internet, call the AARP ElderWatch at 1-800-222-4444, option 2, to speak with a volunteer specialist who can help check the charity for you.
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