Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Careful when Supporting the Victims of the Colorado Shooting

After learning about the shooting in Colorado, many people feel compelled to do something, anything, to help. And for those who aren’t close enough to donate blood, a financial donation is the first thing that comes to mind. But as our President & CEO, Ken Berger, warned in a recent NBC News article, “disasters are a time when people run into a situation where they, to some degree, are flying blind because the charities they know — the ones they typically give to —  may not be providing services in the area. So it's a time that scammers are likely to prey on people, ... we strongly urge people to proceed with great caution."

If you are moved to give in light of the shooting at the Aurora movie theater on July 20th, then we encourage you to first review our tips for giving during a crisis and keep in mind our blog about social media scams. Then you might want to check out the Community First Foundation in Colorado which is collecting donations for local organizations that are dedicated to helping the victims and their families. The website for the Foundation (although we don’t rate it as it doesn’t meet our criteria, you can view its 990 online) lists 11 charities, including the 3-star Bonfils Blood Center Foundation
that will receive the funds collected to help those affected by the tragedy.  And CNN reports that the Foundation has already collected $2 million with the help of a large gift from Warner Bros (the studio that produced the movie).

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