Feds urge Canadians to research before donating to charities

 The Minister of National Revenue, Gail Shea, has issued a warning to Canadians to make sure their donation money is going to a worthy cause.

“Canadians have a long and proud history of giving generously to others, especially at this time of year,” said Shea in a news release issued Wednesday. “That is why our Government is constantly looking at ways to improve tax law to help Canadians give to the causes they believe in. We encourage Canadians to donate generously but also to do their homework to ensure that the funds they donate will be put to good use.”

Some tips to consider to avoid being scammed include being aware that fraudulent charities use names that are similar to well-known and respected charities; write cheques directly to the charity and not to an individual; make sure online payments are secure; and refuse if there is pressure to give immediately.

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The Canada Revenue Agency also supplies a listing of accepted charities on their website.