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Donations to charitable organizations encouraged on 'Giving Tuesday'

Donations to charitable organizations encouraged on 'Giving Tuesday'

You bought up the doorbusters on Black Friday, you supported local shops and restaurants on Small Business Saturday, then browsed the best bargains on Cyber Monday. In 2016, it raised $168 million, a 44 percent increase from the previous year, according to NPR.

Today you could help maintain parks, aid local blind residents, support a haven for youth, contribute to an Islamic school, bolster animal rescue efforts and so much more if you participate in the global giving movement called #GivingTuesday. Many national groups are involved in Giving Tuesday, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Planned Parenthood and more. And, in the true spirit of Giving Tuesday, they provide a portion of every purchase to charity. Some scammers are known to name themselves similarly to a well-known charity.

Avoid on-the-spot donation decisions from unfamiliar organizations.

Checking to make sure you are donating to a charity's official website can help to keep your identity safe. Don't succumb to pressure to make an immediate giving decision. Donations also can take longer to process and be received when given via text message. "BBB WGA evaluations can give donors insight into a charity's trustworthiness so that their hard-earned dollars go to charities that operate ethically".

Be wary of emotional appeals. And lastly, visit Give.org to verify that the charity you are giving to is both "trustworthy and transparent". Participation in BBB WGA evaluations is voluntary.

The event started in 2012, and previous year a record $180 million was donated in just 24 hours.

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