I’m not buying into this be silent on facebook, don’t tweet out of respect, etc. in honor of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. I’m not saying you shouldn’t take a moment and remember the fallen, but if you really want to show respect, the best thing to do would be to make a donation to one of the organizations that aid the families of the fallen and/or that aids the rescue workers and their families. But be sure you check to make sure it’s a valid organization and not a scam…
Want to make a charitable donation in honor of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks?
It’s a good idea to first do some due diligence to figure out if the charity is really doing the good work it says it does.
With 9/11-related charities, “there are two kinds of bad here. One is they may not be legitimate, and two is they may not be effective,” says Bob Ottenhoff, president and chief executive of GuideStar.org, a provider of information on nonprofits.
If an organization claims to work with firefighters, police or veterans, take a closer look at exactly what it has done for these groups in the past, says Ken Berger, president and chief executive of Charity Navigator, another nonprofit watchdog site. Fraudsters or organizers without a track record may say they work with these groups to attract donations around the anniversary, he says.
If you’re donating to a larger nonprofit that has done 9/11-related work in the past, make sure it’s still doing these sorts of projects now, Mr. Berger adds.
A charity may be an outright scam if you are being pressured to make a donation immediately and being asked to give cash.
Other red flags: charities that don’t have a website and aren’t registered as a nonprofit with the Internal Revenue Service. You can check at www.irs.gov/app/pub-78.