Giving Tuesday: BBB Offers Tips On Donating To The Right Group

Tuesday, December 1st 2015, 12:12 pm
By: News 9

If you're in a charitable mood, Tuesday is "Giving Tuesday." But before you spread holiday cheer, you need to make sure you give to the right group. 

This Giving Tuesday, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) says don't just give to give, do your research. You'll want to watch out for name similarities.

Charities who often raise money for the same cause have similar names, some are fake.

Avoid on-the-spot donation choices if you're not familiar with the organization. Don't feel pressured to give money before you've had the chance to research.

Here's a big one that plays on our emotions. Marketers and scam artists know how to exploit the holidays. Also, you'll want to avoid charities that don't disclose information to donors, like where your money will be used.

So if you're still unsure if the charity you want to give to is a good one, you can go to

American charities receive one-third of their annual donations during the holiday season.