Having greater confidence in the charities you donate to

Posted at 9:39 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 10:39:20-04

MILWAUKEE -- Many of us are feeling more comfortable getting outside and some even using their voice.

Many donors are ready to give in response to the protest movement to address racial justice issues. Here are some ways the Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin is making sure you have a solid plan.

First, find out if the organization has a clear plan on where they will use every dollar of your money. The BBB points to vague descriptions like 'We want to raise $10 million" with little explanation as to how they will address the issues, are the ones you want to avoid.

Second, learn how fast your money will get there. Find charities that carry out their cause directly, that way the Better Business Bureau says you can cut the middle man by supporting charities with boots on the ground.

Third, a big caution on crowdfunding. Vague descriptions should give you caution. The BBB suggests you do more vetting by checking social media to see how the source is responding to issues.

We have a list of 20 charities that reach the BBB's standards of accountability. Click here to learn more.

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