A lot of people are going to give out of the kindness of their hearts on this Giving Tuesday, but some people are going to take because of their greed.
The state’s consumer protection director, Tricia Collins, yesterday said people need to research the charity or non-profit they plan to donate to before sending any money. Collins says some charities, particularly those online, are scams. She says GoFundMe accounts that pop-up on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram are the most suspect.
She says CharityNavigator.org can help people give to charities that actually make a difference.
As far as local options, there are several Western Wisconsin nonprofits hoping for Giving Tuesday donations ahead of winter.
After a weekend spending spree with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, nonprofits hope people will now voluntarily give money to them. Today, Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan is asking for donations during their giving campaign ‘Wrapped in Love.’ Positive Avenues and Sojourner House combined at the beginning of the pandemic, so L-S-S says funds would be directed toward its 24/7 shelter.