Whether you’re motivated to respond to needs created by a conflict, accident, or natural disaster, it’s human nature to want to help. All too often, a tragic event occurs and is quickly publicized through news accounts or social media. Then, the dollars start rolling into a crowdfunding site like GoFundMe, Kickstarter, or Fundly.
And therein lies a problem. Or a potential one, at least.
Well-intended zeal and urgency to give may not be truly aligned with the needs. Unfortunately, not all “dollar destinations” are legitimate, either in their authenticity or their declarations that a specified gift percentage will be delivered as intended. Among fraudsters’ tools are TV ads that can pop up overnight; illicit websites or URLs bearing seemingly familiar names (known as phishing); or digital money transfer recipient addresses or account names that are difficult if not impossible to verify. In some cases, donors are mistaken or confused about the deductibility of their contributions. Even the IRS is issuing warnings about crisis giving and potential fraud.
If you are questioning the legitimacy of an organization, you can contact us to authenticate an organization. We not only know the charitable landscape, we can also vet recipient organizations for qualification and tax deductibility. This can be especially important in light of a recent study that revealed a growing decline in trust in nonprofits – despite nonprofit organizations still being among the most trusted organizations (along with small businesses).
We want to help you navigate all of the considerations that factor into making a tax-deductible gift to a legitimate organization that can truly help offer the relief you intend. Indeed, mobile devices have made it easy to act on our honest instincts. However, in an increasingly impatient, noisy, and short-attention-span world that can carry a “get ‘er done” urgency, haste often makes waste.
Please give us a call to talk through your options for crisis giving and how to make sure your dollars get to the people and places that need it most.