Editorial: Donors must know where donations goPublished 9:28pm Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Many causes rely on the kindness and generosity of others.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, several organizations welcome donations that go toward several aspects of those fighting the devastating disease, such as research, treatment charities and other needs for cancer patients. Unfortunately, some donors get caught in the trap of donating to a cause, only to find out their money didn’t go to the intended place.
Donors must know and verify where their donation goes in order to truly help the cause.
Breast cancer boasts several charities and volunteer-driven organizations that work to help prevent, detect and cure the disease. Some, better known than others, include the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. and Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, work throughout the year to help raise funds for a cure.
One way donors can research where their money ends up is by visiting www.charitynavigator.org. The website offers visitors a comprehensive explanation of how charities and organizations rank when it comes to donations and where the money is used.
Donors should also be cautious when donating to charities or organizations that don’t explain what they fund or how the money helps. While not every non-descriptive organization is misleading, we can begin to weed out those who are and ensure those in need receive our donations.
This editorial represents the views of the editorial board.