Donate wisely to relief funds

  • Donate wisely to relief funds

Donate wisely to relief funds

People can give directly to the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund by visiting www.uwtc.org/harvey and clicking the "Give Now" button or scanning the QR code from the posters. The convenience store chain is planning to send Rutter's-branded bottled beverages; and is enabling customers to contribute through coffee purchases and in-store donations.

While there are many ways to donate both locally and around the nation, officials are also urging caution.

Donations may be made through redcross.org, by calling (800) RED CROSS or texting the word "HARVEY" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

One of its top recommendations is to work with trusted disaster relief organizations with years of proven experience rather than with newly formed or unknown organizations.

Alaskans can fall victim to Hurricane Harvey scams even though our state is thousands of miles away from the disaster zone. The release says to find out the mission and history of the charity, as well as what percentage goes directly to help victims.

If you want to report disaster fraud: Department of Justice. A check is always the safest way to ensure your donation gets where it needs to go. The BBB verifies 20 separate standards for charity accountability, including things like an organization's effectiveness, how much their board is compensated and if donors' identifying information is kept private.

For Reno residents who want to be sure they are donating to a reputable organization-head to the Atlantis on Thursday, 8/31.

Requests for help on crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe may not be legitimate, according to the Better Business Bureau, which has concerns about some new charities that are popping up. Do not provide your credit or check card number, bank account number or any personal information until you've thoroughly researched the charity.

The Federal Trade Commission recommends donating to charities you know and trust, and to avoid those that seem to have sprung up overnight related to current events.