Eau Claire (WQOW) - Giving Tuesday is just the start of the giving season for many people in the community, but before your donations are dropped, officials say to double check your charity.
The Department of Trade and Consumer Protection is warning people against charity scams this holiday season.
News 18 spoke with the United Way on Tuesday. Executive Director, Jan Porath said if you start feeling a lot of pressure by an organization, it's okay to put them on a pause to do some research. With so many different ways to give, and so many different organizations to give to, it's important to double check websites and ask questions.
"If an organization isn't able to answer some questions about where the funds are being allocated to, how they would be used, if they don't know whether they're a tax deductible organization, some of those generally basic questions that a typical charity organization would know, that would be concerning," Porath said. "If they're really cryptic, or not willing to share that information, to me that would be a red flag too."
Porath said there are a number of online resources to double check a charity, and if it looks suspicious report it to local police.
The Department of Trade and Consumer Protection also provides a charity check list to help you through the process of determining an organization's legitimacy.
DATCP and DFI offer these tips for donors considering a contribution to a charitable organization:
For more information or to file a complaint, consumers may contact: