ANDERSON — Within three days of devastating tornadoes that ripped through several Midwestern states, including Kentucky, more than $1 million had been raised for relief via GoFundMe.
Undoubtedly, funds and supplies are urgently needed to get to the victims of the tornado as quickly as possible, but it’s equally certain that scam artists will be lining up for a chance to receive those well-meaning donation dollars.
In a press release, the Better Business Bureau of Indianapolis offers the following reminders for verification of a charity under review for donations:
The Bureau’s Give.org website offers resources to help donors make informed decisions about their giving, while helping charities build a trustworthy reputation. The site provides a list of organizations that meet its standards for charitable accountability.
Additionally, the Office encourages potential donors to consider making cash donations directly through a verified charity’s website. In an emergency, this is probably the fastest way to send help. Donations of supplies can be well-meaning, but can sometimes be difficult and expensive to manage if the charity doesn’t already have an established way to help distribute them to those in need.
Cash donations are suggested to reputable shelters and emergency centers, including the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
Food banks, including Feed America, are also providing groceries and other household items to people living in affected areas.
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