Better Business Bureau® Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming advises residents and businesses to be smart when making donations to help those affected by floods in Northern Colorado.
“All of us are eager to help our neighbors who have been impacted by the floods, but it’s important that we be mindful of what type of donations are most needed,” said Pam King, president/CEO of BBB Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming.
“Although your neighbor, friend from church or social media connection probably has great intentions,” she added, “donations are most effective when processed by an organization with experience in handling and distributing to those in need.”
BBB offers the following guidelines for giving:
Gifts of clothing, food or other in-kind donations – while well-intentioned – may not necessarily be the quickest way to help those in need unless the organization has the staff and infrastructure to properly distribute such aid. Ask the charity about its transportation and distribution plans, and find out what is the greatest need.
Be wary of claims that 100 percent of donations will assist relief victims. Despite what an organization might claim, charities have fundraising and administrative costs. Even a credit card donation involves, at a minimum, a processing fee.
Start With Trust. For more consumer tips and information, visit wynco.bbb.org.