Your Employees Want to Support the Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts. Help Them Do It Safely.
By Sarah Ford on April 28, 2015
Apart from the amount of damage it leaves behind, one of the worst things about a natural disaster like the earthquake that struck Nepal over the weekend, are the disaster recovery scams that follow.
Unfortunately, as the world scrambles to provide disaster victims access to clean water, food, shelter, and emergency aid, cybercriminals and fraudsters are quick to set up disaster recovery scams that prey on donors like your employees.
Safety Tips and Secure Ways to Help Your Employees Support Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts:
- Host an Employee Disaster Relief Campaign: Give your employees a secure way to support Nepal earthquake victims. America's Charities can help you set up a campaign, or help you be prepared to respond the next time a natural disaster hits. Click here to contact us.
- Direct employees to America's Charities website: We list vetted, 501(c)3 nonprofits providing Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts at www.charities.org/news/nepal-earthquake-relief
- Send an email to employees, sharing the following safety tips:
- Donate to charities you know and trust. Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight.
- Look closely at the names of the organization. Some fake charities try to gain your trust by using names that are similar to legitimate charitable organizations.
- Ask if the caller is a paid fundraiser, who they work for, and what percentage of your donation goes to the charity and to the fundraiser. If you don’t get a clear answer or don’t like the answer you get, consider donating to a different organization.
- Do not give out personal or financial information – including your credit card or bank account number – unless you know the charity is reputable.
- Never send cash. You can’t be sure the organization will receive your donation, and you won’t have a record for tax purposes.
- Don’t donate to unknown individuals that post their needs on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. They may actually be fake victims.
- Check out a charity before you donate. Check with the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance at www.give.org or GuideStar USA at www.guidestar.org for charities you can trust.