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Door-to-door salespeople don't represent Mary Bridge
Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation is advising South Puget Sound residents to beware of fundraising scams that claim to benefit kids at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.
Mary Bridge has received calls from residents who have been approached by people selling books and magazines door-to-door. These sellers say that Mary Bridge will benefit from a portion of the sale.
Some callers named Nxcess Sales (www.nxcesssales.com) as the organization making the solicitations.
"Mary Bridge Children's Hospital does not solicit donations door-to-door for our programs,” said Sara Long, Vice President of Philanthropy for MultiCare Health System. All fundraising programs are approved in advance by the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation.
For more information on Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation, visit www.multicare.org/foundations/mary-bridge
Here are some tips from the Federal Trade Commission on avoiding charity and fundraising fraud
- Ask for the charity’s name, address, and phone number, and written information about its programs.
- Ask whether the person contacting you is a professional fundraiser and how much of your contribution will go to fundraising costs.
- Check the history of the organization with the office that regulates charities in your state.
- Avoid giving cash gifts. They can be lost or stolen. For security and tax purposes, it's best to pay by check, made payable to the charity, not the solicitor. Ask, "Can you give me a receipt showing the amount of my contribution and stating that it is tax deductible?"
- Be skeptical if someone thanks you for a pledge you don't remember making. If you have any doubts about whether you've made a pledge or previously contributed, check your records.
- Reject high pressure appeals. Legitimate fund-raisers don't put you on the spot to give. Ask, "Can you mail me more information about the charity and how it works?”
Posted on Aug 16, 2010 in