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- Check the domain registration using WHOIS. One online WHOIS tool is here. If it is a "private registration", it is suspect and move along.
- Check with the IRS whether the organization is, in fact, tax exempt. Their lookup tool is here. If the website doesn't have an organization name, it's suspect. If they are talking to you, try to get their tax ID (or FEIN) number. Ask for a copy of their IRS Form 990 (which they are required to disclose). Many states also require charities to register themselves and you can search those filings online as well.
- Check with Guidestar which is sort of a Consumer Reports / Better Business Bureau for charities.
Originally posted by seeker1963
reply to post by Maxmars
Good info! I usually just donate locally, be it the community food bank, the local animal shelters etc etc... I NEVER donate to organizations who advertise on television....