BBB Provides Safety Tips For Giving Tuesday

Better Business Bureau warns of rise in charity scams

People also donate time, clothes, food, and other resources on #GivingTuesday - in fact, enough toys were collected previous year to break a Guinness world record, and someone even received a kidney thanks to a donor registration drive orchestrated during #GivingTuesday.

In 2016, millions of people in 98 countries participated in a Giving Tuesday event, raising more than $177 million to support a range of organizations.

President and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota Susan Adams Loyd says it's extremely hard to review charities that don't disclose information, especially for Giving Tuesday. The BBB says reputable charities can show their trustworthiness by agreeing to comprehensive evaluations. The top four charity types millennials are talking about with their children are disaster relief, animal protection, health and environment. The online donation volume increased by 31 percent, organizers said. It is celebrated on each year on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

After all the shopping over the weekend, Giving Tuesday is kicking off the charitable season.

The current tax reform plan has serious implications for those who give, and those who receive help. Do not allow any charity to pressure you into donating on-the-spot.

The BBB has more tips on how to donate safely at Give.org.

A number of nonprofit organizations are taking part this year - and with all the options, one campaign is breaking it down, while bringing more awareness to the day and cause.

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