* Check with the Canada Revenue Agency to see if it is a legitimate charitable organization.
* Donate with a credit card or online portals such as PayPal.
* Avoid donating cash.
* If online, check the website URL for https:// (the ‘s’ means the site is secure and the information is encrypted). Look for the ‘lock’ icon in the URL as well.
* Ask a lot of questions of those asking for money or articles.
* Do they understand the organization’s mission and vision?
* Ask for identification and contact numbers.
* Do they offer tax receipts?
* Be very wary of ‘crowdfunding’ portals as ways to raise money. These are very quickly and easily set up and have been fronts for scams in the past. They are NOT registered charities.
* Most charitable organizations do not solicit door to door.
* Avoid being pressured to give money.
* Keep your emotions in check; con artists strike when emotions are running high.
* Delete any questionable emails and pop-ups soliciting for donations.
* Check with your local government if they are actively collecting money or donations.
* Registering will help us know where everyone is and that they’re safe. It will also allow us to contact people directly as more information and assistance become available. It also allows us to help reunite families separated by the disaster.
* Activating its disaster response volunteers.
* Having additional volunteers and supplies pre-positioned across the country ready to be deployed, if needed.
For more information on what the Red Cross is doing and how you can help, go here.