Use Caution When Making a Donation

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there are many activities and events scheduled to raise awareness about breast cancer and breast health.  You may also be motivated to make a donation to support breast cancer programs or research.  At Komen Northeast Ohio, we take our donors’ commitment to our mission and their privacy very seriously and we want to make sure you are protected when when you make a donation.  It has been brought to our attention that an organization called the Fundraising Center is soliciting donations for breast cancer through direct telemarketing to people in our service area. Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio is not associated with this organization, nor do we receive funds from this organization. If you ever have a question regarding a solicitation, please do not hesitate to contact our office directly at (216) 292-2873.  In the meantime, we have listed some things below to consider before making a donation to a charity of any kind:

Signs of a Charity Scam:

  • Refuses to provide detailed information about its identity, mission, costs, and how the donation will be used.
  • Won’t provide proof that a contribution is tax deductible.
  • Uses a name that closely resembles that of a better-known, reputable organization.
  • Thanks you for a pledge you don’t remember making.
  • Uses high-pressure tactics like trying to get you to donate immediately, without giving you time to think about it and do your research.
  • Asks for donations in cash or asks you to wire money

Charity Checklist:

  • Ask for detailed information about the charity, including name, address, and telephone number.
  • Get the exact name of the organization and do some research. Searching the name of the organization online — especially with the word “complaint(s)” or “scam”— is one way to learn about its reputation.
  • Call the charity. Find out if the organization is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name. The organization’s development staff should be able to help you.
  • Find out if the charity or fundraiser must be registered in your state by contacting the National Association of State Charity Officials.