There are many nonprofit organizations that work to serve Veterans and military families in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, there have also often been reports of less reputable organizations using emotional and patriotic issues to raise funds in misleading ways. The Attorney General’s Office always encourages the public to donate generously, but wisely, to nonprofit organizations.
The Attorney General’s Office has released important tips and an informational flyer to help residents be informed consumers around charitable giving. When solicited for a donation, don't be afraid to verify the name, address, or phone number of the charity; to ask about how and where the charitable funds will be used; or to ask whether the donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution.
Ask questions. You have the right to find out where your contribution will go. You can ask how much will go to the charity, and how much goes to fundraising, administrative and general expenses.
Take your time. You should never feel pressured to give immediately; you can always take time to research the charity.
Think twice about making a contribution to a charity that has not registered with the Attorney General's Office or is not current on its filings.
With Veterans organizations, remember that not all solicitors in uniform are necessarily Veterans. You can always ask whether the donation will be used in the local area, and ask for specific information on how donations will be used to help area Veterans.