A Comprehensive List of 35 Fake Charities
A Comprehensive List of 35 Fake CharitiesSep 20
Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity analyzer, has just released a list of 35 fake charities. None of these charities are registered as 501(c)(3)s, making their public donation solicitations illegal. Unfortunately, this also means that any donations made to these charities are not tax deductible. In most cases, once the donation has been made, there is no chance of getting it back. Take a look at the list below and make sure to share it on social media to protect other donators from being scammed.
- Boobies Rock!
- Care Package Campaign
- Community College Consortium on Autism and Intellectual Disabilities
- Delaware Firefighters Foundation
- Disabled Veterans of America
- Employ Young Adults
- FM World Charities
- Fresh Start Opportunities
- The Herron Foundation
- I Care Foundation
- Juniata Community Mental Health Clinic
- Long Island Responds
- Matthew M. Brennan Foundation
- National Foundation of America
- New Hampshire Wildlife Parks & Wildlife Rescue
- New Jersey Youth Club
- One Child Saved
- One Church! One Can! One Night!
- One Door for Education, Inc.
- Paralyzed American Veterans
- RRR Service Dogs
- Safety Publications
- Say No 2 Cancer
- The Se7ven Group
- Southeast K9 Search and Rescue
- Spotlight on Heroes
- Tackle Hatred Now
- United Soldiers Outreach LLC
- United States Disabled Veterans
- United States Handicapped-Disadvantaged
- Veterans Helping Nevada Veterans
- Winged Warriors
- Winning Ways
To avoid being scammed, Charity Navigator always advises donators to request the organization’s Employee Identification Number (EIN). An EIN can be used to verify whether the organization is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. However, take note that even official 501(c)(3) status offers no guarantee that the organization is legitimate. Further research is needed to fully evaluate whether a charity is worth donating to. One key thing to look for is tax information. Genuine organizations will openly provide this information, as well as a complete breakdown of how donations are spent. For more information on how to protect against charity fraud, click here.