LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansans have some of the most generous hearts when they see a neighbor or a fellow American struggling. From the devastating loss of our U.S. Troops in Kabul, to the hurricanes and wildfires devastating other states and the never-ending pandemic, Americans have always willingly faced and overcome these challenges. As Arkansans look for charities to support others near and far, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge wants to remind everyone it is important to be vigilant and do their homework when donating to a charity for the first time.
"Arkansas is just one big small town and the fantastic people of our state have a giving spirit, especially when it comes to our men and women in uniform," said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. "It is my job to ensure generous Arkansans are not taken advantage of by con artists looking to make a quick buck on tragedies."
Attorney General Rutledge released the following tips to help consumers ensure an organization's legitimacy before giving money:
Ask questions before giving. Only give when comfortable that the donation will support a trustworthy organization or activity. Refuse high-pressure appeals. Legitimate charities will not rush a donation.
Ask for written information or research the organization online. A legitimate charity will send information that provides the organization's mission and how the donation will be used, along with proof that the contribution is tax deductible.
Call the charity directly before giving a donation to ensure it is not a scam.
Do not send cash. For security and tax records, make donations by check or credit card.
Search the Arkansas Charities Database for more information on charities in Arkansas, including those benefiting service members and their families.
The FTC has released a video to highlight tips on how to research charities on giving wisely to veterans organizations as well as information to avoid charity scams.
For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer related issues, please visit ArkansasAG.gov, email [email protected] or call the Attorney General's office at (800) 482-8982.