It’s that time of the year folks; charity walks, pink ribbons and women posting obscure Facebook status updates in honor of, you guessed it, Breast Cancer Awareness month!
Due to the awareness (and sometimes re-awareness) of this cancer and month charities and foundations usually see a spike in donations during the month of October for Breast Cancer research and treatment.
In October of 2010 the Better Business Bureau (BBB) issued a warning to consumers to make sure they know what, who and where they are donating to before handing over money to support the cause.
“With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, consumers are finding more opportunities to support their favorite charities from their everyday purchases. Donors should make sure to understand how sales of products or other promotions will benefit a charity. If maximum impact is important to you, make sure you understand what portion of the purchase price will benefit the charity. It’s not unusual for pennies on the dollar to actually support the charity. In fact, in many instances, you can make a bigger impact through a direct contribution without purchasing the product. By understanding exactly how the charity will be supported as a result of your purchase, you can ensure your expectations are met – Source.”
The largest known Breast Cancer charity is Susan G Komen for the Cure that donates 84 cents of every dollar to treatments and research of Breast Cancer. However, there have been suspicious calls being made from some not so honest, not so reputable charities that may be trying to scam people.
“I’ve had phone calls, which I laugh when I get a call from a breast cancer foundation and I’m like, ‘Really? And who are you?’ And you know they really have a tough time giving you specific information,” said Rebecca Newhouse, President of the Board of Directors for the West Virginia affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure” – Source<./blockquote>
If you ever feel wary about donating money be sure to research the company you’re giving money to first rather than acting on impulse.
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