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Blog | Dec. 2, 2013

Giving Safe on #GivingTuesday

Project Administrator, Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)

Have a little money left over thanks to those Cyber Monday steals? Thinking of putting it toward a charitable donation?

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday and it’s a great day to do it. But, before you make any dollar donations online tomorrow, here are some important questions to ask yourself:

Is what you’re donating to legitimate?

There’s an easy way to see if the organization or cause you’ve chosen is cool or just a scam. It’s a website called Charity Navigator and it evaluates charities – helping you know more about the legitimacy of an organization and, sometimes, what your dollars are being spent on.

Is the site you’re using secure?

There are a lot of websites out there that collect financial information. But, do you know what to look for before you enter in your credit card details? Any easy rule to use is, “If there’s an ‘S’, you can probably say yes!” URLs for secure websites and pages start with “https” instead of the regular “http”. Make sure you look for that before handing over any info.

Are you giving out too much information?

When you care about an organization or cause, it’s easy to want to give them your all. But, you need to resist the urge to give out too much information. Most online donation websites will require the usual information (address, phone number, etc.) but you should never give out details like your social security number, passport number, or driver’s license number. That’s TMI!
For more information on #GivingTuesday and how you can get involved, check out www.givingtuesday.org.

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