With so much holiday spending and hype, several charities started Giving Tuesday to follow the shopping weekend after Thanksgiving – Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is Nov. 29 this year.
With so many consumers donating this time of year – American charities receiving one-third of their annual donations during the holiday season – care is needed to make sure donations go to worthwhile organizations that operate ethically.
Charities and fundraisers – groups that solicit funds on behalf of organizations – use the phone, face-to-face contact, email, the Internet including social networks, and mobile devices to solicit and obtain donations. Scammers use these same methods to take advantage of your goodwill.