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Give back on this Giving Tuesday

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

If the holidays have put you in the giving spirit you're not alone!

Thousands of people worldwide are participating in the fourth annual "Giving Tuesday." This day is all about celebrating generosity and donating to worthwhile causes and organizations.

However, before you give money make sure it is going to a legit organization. Con artists will often create fake businesses and websites to fool you out of your cash. 

"They may change the name slightly, they steal stuff off the website, pictures and they may show children that are sick or animals in distress and those aren't real websites," says John O'Hara, the CEO for Better Business Bureau in Mississippi. 

Here's a list where you can find BBB accredited charities in Mississippi and the Mississippi Secretary of State's report on Charitable Organizations

Here are 5 tips from the BBB to help you give wisely:

1. Watch out for name similarities. When charities seek support for the same cause, their names are often similar. Before you give, be sure you have the exact name of the charity to avoid a case of mistaken identity.

2. Avoid on-the-spot donation decisions from unfamiliar organizations. The holidays bring a higher frequency of donation requests outside public locations. Don’t succumb to pressure to make an immediate giving decision. Responsible organizations will welcome your gift tomorrow as much as they do today.

3. Be wary of emotional appeals. Marketers have been known to exploit the holidays to make emotional pleas to donors. Always research to verify that your selected charity operates ethically.

4. Avoid charities that don’t disclose. Although participation is voluntary, charities that don’t disclose any of the requested information to BBB WGA raise a critical red flag for donors. Visit Give.org to find out if your selected charity is nondisclosure.

5. Rely on standards-based evaluations. Charities can demonstrate they are trustworthy by agreeing to in-depth evaluations such as the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Get free access to charity reports at Give.org.

To learn more about which organizations and charities are truly using your money and resources honestly check out Give.org. You can also learn more about making wise donations from the BBB

Tweet about your giving today by using the hashtag #GivingTuesday.

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