Easy Steps to Wise Giving in Tennessee
If a nonprofit asks you for a contribution, check to see if it's registered with the Tennessee Secretary of State as a charity.
Take your time. Resist pressure to give on the spot.
Ask Questions. If an organization has a specific mission, ask how and who will benefit from your donation.
If you are asked for a donation via text or email, verify it is directly from the charity or nonprofit.
Do your own research and don't assume a social media or blog recommendation has been approved by the nonprofit.
If you give through an app or website, ask if it is going directly to the organization.
Avoid giving cash. Always ask for a receipt and if your contribution is tax deductible.
Pay close attention to the name of the nonprofit organization, as there are many with similar names.
Don't forget there are many ways to give, such as volunteering your time.
If a paid fundraiser asks you for a donation, ask how much is kept by the fundraiser and how much goes to the nonprofit.