Tips for Avoiding Charity Scams

With the holidays upon us, many people think about giving back. One of the most common ways is by donating to charities. While there are plenty of good, legitimate, organizations, there are also many scam artists waiting to take advantage. Here are four general tips for avoiding fraud.

  1. Plan your contributions in advance: Impulse giving is more likely to lead to giving to a shady organization. A big part of this is because scammers love making big emotional appeals to get people to give without thinking it through.
  2. Be wary to similar sounding names: Oftentimes, scammers will name their charities something similar to bigger, more known charities to trick people.
  3. Research the charity before donating: Reputable charities report their finances to the IRS and their operating numbers to outside groups such as the BBB and Charity Watch. Going to the websites for these organizations can yield information as to whether the charity you’re thinking about is honest.
  4. Be wary of how the charity asks for donations: Avoid making cash payments, if possible. If they ask for checks, they should not be made out to individuals. Also, a common red flag is if the organization asks for money via gift cards.

Giving to charity is noble, but blindly giving can lead to money going to the hands of bad people. Do your homework before giving.

    TRACY SACRE, RN       

Tracy Sacre, President & Owner of Proof of Care

Tracy is a Registered Nurse and the owner of Proof of Care, Vancouver’s leading home health company. After 20 years of nursing and 7 years of teaching caregivers, Tracy realized that the standard of care in the community for caregiving was desperately poor. In 2011 she took up the challenge and launched Proof of Care, which has gone on to provide care for hundreds of seniors, employ over 250 professional caregivers and lead the field by giving Canada’s best home care experiences daily.

Tracy can be found giving engaging speeches & seminars throughout Vancouver where she is fast becoming the authority on elder care in the home. While Tracy’s best known for her expertise in home care, her clients and staff share that her biggest impact comes from her ability to connect with seniors at an individual level and advocate for their physical and mental health.

Proof of Care service ranges from Companion Care, through to Personal Care, and Nursing – everything from keeping you company and helping with light housekeeping, to administering medications and changing dressings on wounds. All of these services are available in-home, or wherever home is – such as assisted living or long-term care living.

If you or an ageing loved one are considering Home Care Services in Vancouver, BC, please contact the caring staff at Proof of Care today on 604 986 2273, 24 hours a day.