Target 2 Consumer Alert: Getting donations into the right hands

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) — The holidays are right around the corner and for many people, that means it’s time to make annual charitable donations.

“It’s the time of year that the community really gets in the spirit of looking at people who are maybe not as fortunate as themselves,” said Stephanie Nespoli, Director of Communication and Development at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Green Bay.

That is good for local charities like the Boys and Girls Club. Donations keep the doors open.

“If we didn’t have those donations to keep us running we wouldn’t be available to kids in the community,” Nespoli said.

With more than half of non-profit organizations nationwide getting the majority of their donations around the holidays, many agree that this time of year is huge for them.

“During November and December is when we raise half of our operating budget,” said Major Robert Mueller, Salvation Army Brown County.

With so many charities asking for money, it is important that your hard-earned cash is going to a legitimate charity.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) suggests getting the charity’s exact name because thousands of charities have similar names but may not be connected.

It also said to double-check that charity is who they say they are by checking it through a source like or state charity officials.

The BBB also suggested resisting pressure to give on the spot from someone who calls you or comes to your door.

They encourage donors to ask questions, which charities said they are happy to answer.

“We really encourage people to not only ask us what we’re going to do with their donation but to come by and see exactly where their dollars are going,” Nespoli said.

Local non-profit organizations said giving cash isn’t the only option.

“No matter how you give this year, whether it’s time or gently used items or donations there’s always something you can do to give back,” said Nespoli.