The number of charities seeking private support doesn't stop growing. Make sure the dollars you give don’t end up in the pockets of scam artists. The wise course is to give only to established charities or groups you’re familiar with.
Avoid getting scammed by following these tips:
- If you want to donate to a worthwhile charity, give to one you know or find out about it before you part with your money.
- Do not pay in cash.
- Ask for a copy of the charity’s annual report and some information in writing before making a donation.
- Be wary of any situation that involves the use of high-pressure tactics, such as door-to-door and on-the-street solicitations. Any legitimate charity will gladly accept donations later.
For a list of Canadian registered charities, including the annual information, please visit Canada Revenue Agency’s website.
Source: Government of Ontario