UW Political Science Professor Assem Prakash and colleague Nives Dolšak write in the The Conversation that donors to charities often waste money on scams and too often continue to give to dubious fundraisers.
Too few donors research nonprofits before giving,
Unfortunately, not enough U.S. donors do any research about the nonprofits they’re supporting before clicking that “donate” button. According to a 2011 study – the most recent research available – fewer than one in four donors review information published by charity watchdogs before making donations.
With little government oversight of nonprofit claims, the best way for donors to steer their funds to a good cause is to use information from charity watchdogs and private organiztions such as the BBB.
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