“There are many different groups raising money for many different purposes,” said Rosalind Scott, President & CEO of BBB serving Vancouver Island. “To make sure you always know where your donations are going and how they are being used, you must take the time to do your research and due diligence, before contributing. While there are many honest and excellent organizations out there raising money for important causes, there are also a number of poorly run organizations, as well as con artists, out there seeking your donations.”
Before donating to any organization, be sure you have answers to the following questions:
1) Is the organization registered? All organizations seeking donations, must be registered in their primary province of operation. In B.C. the BC Registry Services (http://www.bcregistryservices.gov.bc.ca/) is the government agency responsible for registering corporations, businesses & societies (non-profits).
2) Does the society have a gaming license? Organizations in B.C. that wish to sell tickets, raise money or host events, for the purpose of raising funds to benefit the broader community or a third party, must have a gaming license. (www.gaming.gov.bc.ca)
3) Is the society a registered charity? Not all non-profit organizations that solicit donations are, or need to be, a registered charity. Registered charities are organizations that are able to provide tax-deductible receipts to donors. To check to see if an organization is a registered charity visit www.cra-arc.gc.ca/charitylists/.
4) Have you checked out the organization with BBB? BBB has an extensive database of Business and Charity Reviews from across North America. Before donating to any organization be sure to look up them at www.vi.bbb.org to see what information BBB has on file.
To report fraud contact your local police, RCMP or visit:www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/.