The start to the holiday season is now, Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday.  Tuesday is the day those across the world are encouraged to donate to their charity of choice.  And since the Northwest agriculture community has a track record of generosity, the Better Business Bureau is warning donors to do their homework before they donate.


The BBB’s Kirstin Davis recommends you check to make sure the organization you’re looking at donating to is legitimate.  And if their name isn’t on


“That should be a real red flag that they haven’t been around for really very long.  And be careful of those one that haven’t been around for very long, not that there’s not some good ones out there, but you want to go through a lot of research if you don’t see it.”


Davis said it’s also best to make on-line donations with a credit card, rather than a debit card.


“We always recommend that people, whether you’re doing on-line purchases, anytime you’re doing anything with on-line transaction you always want to make sure that you’re using your credit card rather than a debt card.”


Davis said the BBB does not want to discourage anyone from donating, but it’s important to ensure those funds are going to the people who need it the most.






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