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BBB's tips on charitable donations

For many consumers, the Better Business Bureau is the go-to for business and consumer information. Not only do they allow you to do your own investigation into businesses, you can file complaints and ask for help with a concern. As charitable donation season rolls around once again, many people may be asking what charities are legit and which ones to stay away from. Well according to the BBB, there are some easy steps donors can take to make sure their giving ends up in the right hands.

Not surprising, but often overlooked, the BBB warns people to never be pressured into giving donations over the phone. During the short 3-minute conversation you may have with a phone representative, you could not possibly have done your homework on the charity. They advise people to take their time and request information if possible, before signing a check. They also suggest doing your own footwork to check the charity out online. Possibly look at things like the history of the charity and if there is any financial information provided. Simply finding out more may help you feel better about your donation.

Lastly, the BBB recommends that people interested in being a donor, should always look to expert opinion when deciding to donate. Even they have a list of accredited charities that meet a BBB standard for charity accountability. Just as consumers look to them for help deciding which companies are trustworthy, they can look for which charities are as well.

If you have a particular charity in mind, and wish to name it as beneficiary in your estate, speaking to a trusted estate attorney may help. With their knowledge and experience you can rest assured your gift makes it into the rights hands while avoiding contest and litigation.

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