Before you send money, take the time to look into where you are sending it.
All too often, people are taken advantage of by false charities and people trying to pull off some kind of scam where they use your kindness as a tool for them to exploit you and a donation that has no intention of going anywhere expect to themselves personally.
By taking that extra time before you send money to look in to the charity or the people raising the funds and creating a clear line of proven truths that leads the money from a person to where it is suppose to go, the less chances that the money will fall into the wrong hands or end up going to a false charity.
From looking at the IRS databases to secretary of state sites to charity checking sites, as well as even reaching out to other lenders or people on the board, the more you check, the more you will know whether it is real or fake.
Every penny is worth pinching and it is not about not giving or giving back. The idea of pausing before you send money is to ensure and secure that every gift, donation or monetary effort that you put out there or put forward is going to the right places to help the right causes and the right people.
Do not let these people prey on your kindness or wallet. Take the right steps to educate yourself, build an understanding and protect yourself and your money as well as your gifts.