Giving Season                    

local charities

seattlefoundation.org

hopelink.org

unitedway.org

voaww.org (Volunteers of America)

teenfeed.org

ugm.org (Union Gospel Mission)

marchofdimes.com/Washington

nokidhungry.org

marysplaceseattle.org

seattlechildrens.org

farestart.org

jwcenter.org (Jubilee Women’s Center)

firstplaceschool.org

breadoflifemission.org

nourishpc.org

foodlifeline.org

emergencyfeeding.org

homelessshelterdirectory.org

pugetsoundlaboragency.org

pugetsoundpetfoodbank.org

snohomishfoodbank.org

 

research charities

www.sos.wa.gov/charities (Washington)

charitynavigator.org

charitywatch.org

greatnonprofits.org

guidestar.org

consumer.ftc.gov

give.org

proceed with caution

Here are a few tips to ensure you’re dealing with reputable organizations. Proceed with utmost caution if an organization does any of the following:

  1. Refuses to provide detailed information about its identity, mission, costs, and how the donation will be used.
  2. Won’t provide proof that a contribution is tax deductible.
  3. Uses a name that closely resembles that of a better-known, reputable organization.
  4. Thanks you for a pledge you don’t remember making.
  5. Uses high-pressure tactics like trying to get you to donate immediately, without giving you time to think about it and do your research.
  6. Asks for donations in cash or asks you to wire money.
  7. Offers to send a courier or overnight delivery service to collect the donation immediately.
  8. Guarantees sweepstakes winnings in exchange for a contribution. By law, you never have to give a donation to be eligible to win a sweepstakes.

                          Source: ftc.gov/charityfraud