Hurricane Harvey Charities. Steps to Check if Real or Fake?

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Hurricane Harvey Charities. Steps to Check if Real or Fake?

Post by Satchman » Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:24 pm

Dear WOT,

With the horror and devastation due to Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana areas, what steps should people consider with regards to charity websites and organizations to determine their legitimacy? This information can be very important to make sure that loved ones who have lost everything do not fall victim to further scams, but at the same time, know that there are organizations who are legit and willing to help.

I remember there is some website that has updated information that checks charities for their legitimacy. If your charity is on the list, it is likely legit. If it is not on the list, it may not be trusted. However, I cannot remember the name of the site.

I think any help on this topic, could help many people! One site that I found with a High My WOT Confidence rating of Excellent is Charitynavigator.org. It has a search system where you can check the legitimacy of charities before giving to make sure they are trusted organizations.

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has a charity checklist of guidelines to help prevent scams and fraud at this site, also rated Excellent by My WOT:

hxxps://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0074-giving-charity

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RE: Hurricane Harvey Charities. Steps to Check if Real or Fake?

Post by Site-rater » Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:55 am

Has anybody vetted hXXps://www.cloudflare.com/apps/hurricane-relief for legitimacy?
This "app" seems to be little more than a glorified sub_filter script inject, and the code indicates Cloudflare is likely tracking clicks through their branded version of Bitly shortener.

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RE: Hurricane Harvey Charities. Steps to Check if Real or Fake?

Post by Myxt » Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:07 am

Sites like CharityNavigator tend to develop charity profiles at a glacial pace. Although established charities may step up to the plate, you will also see ad-hoc charities, legitimate and otherwise, come into existence with an exclusive focus on the present calamity. This focus may make ad-hoc charities more effective because they have only one program to support.

Look for authoritative news sites that list safe orgs to support. Google> "Hurricane Harvey" legitimate charities
Three top responses:
_https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay= ... &cpid=5239     - looks like they stepped up
_https://www.forbes.com/sites/sleasca/2017/08/29 ... ity-scams/
_https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/us/donate-ha ... scams.html

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RE: Hurricane Harvey Charities. Steps to Check if Real or Fake?

Post by nova7 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:09 am

Using google suggestions as you type:
charity>ratings guide
charities>financial reports

Yields an article like:
Xhttps://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/11/08/giving/how-to-choose-a-charity-wisely.html (and top result sites from the google searches, as an article-narrative)

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RE: Hurricane Harvey Charities. Steps to Check if Real or Fake?

Post by nova7 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:52 am

In addition to the charityNavigator.org Harvey-related page already mentioned, direct pages to the other Harvey-related pages of the guides mentioned in the article are:

Xhttps://trust.guidestar.org/helping-in-the-wake-of-hurricane-harvey

Xhttps://www.charitywatch.org/charitywatch-hot-t ... -relief/76

(Better Business Bureau--BBB) Xhttp://www.give.org/news-updates/news/2017/08/ ... ne-harvey/

Xhttp://www.give.org/news-updates/news/2017/08/ ... the-storm/

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