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BBB advises Typhoon Haiyan donors

Buffalo, N.Y.-In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, global attention has been focused on the Philippines, with an outpouring of both prayers and humanitarian aid.

In order to help people who want to donate goods and money, the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance advises donors take steps to avoid being taken advantage of by solicitors.

When we see the horrific results of a natural disaster, we want to help quickly, H. Art Taylor, president and CEO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance said in a statement. But donors sometimes forget to follow common sense. As with all charitable giving, we are advising donors to do some research first.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance cautions donors to avoid making the mistakes such as: making a donation based solely on a charitys name, collecting clothing and goods without verifying that items can be used, sending donations to inexperienced relief efforts, responding to online and social media appeals without checking, and donating without doing your homework.

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance suggests that donors see if charities meet their Standards for Charity Accountability by visiting

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Washington Times