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Today we have a few quick and common sense tips for friends about on donating online. A lot of people have strong opinions about donating and fund raising; some good, some bad, and some plain crazy! However we came up with a positive spin on helping to help you work out how, when and if you wish to donate to fund raisers.

  1. Donate only to those you trust.
  2. Donate only what you can afford 
  3. Support local rescues if you can – perfect for limited income pals.
  4. Donate via trustworthy and established groups like NipClub, or an established charity of your choice with a strong online presence.
  5. Use safe and established payment methods like Paypal, PetCaring and YouCaring. (Small charge but instant funds to the charity).
  6. Trust your instincts and do not be pushed or bullied into supporting, or not supporting, a cause by someone you don’t know.

See you next Wednesday
Harvey Button

Harvey Middle Earth Monday Correspondent

42 thoughts on “Money Talks

  1. Ashley S

    Good tips. It is so important to know where your money is going and what it is being used for.

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  2. Angi

    Excellent tips for those who are wary of donating online.

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  3. Dawn

    You make a valid point, it is important to look at the reason why there is a need and consider whether or not you should participate in meeting it. Then to be safe while donating is also, imperative. I have been so pleased with paypal for making purchases or selling but I never thought about using it in terms of fundraising or donations. Thanks for that tip!

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  4. Divachyk @Relaxed Thairapy

    Great tips! We only donate when we’re able.

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  5. DeBalino

    These are great tips! I am always a little weary about anything online. That is a great idea about supporting local rescues – as there is the option to do research or make a visit in person. And yes – trusting our instincts is key! Thanks!

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  6. Anna

    Great points! I think they’re all very important. And yes, NEVER donate if your gut feeling tells you something is wrong….that means something’s probably wrong and you’re going to end up regretting it.

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  7. Cherie @ In Cherie's Words

    We donate and assist in fundraisers, but (like you said) only to those we trust. You’ve made six awesome points here. Thanks for sharing it.

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  8. Anastasia Carpenter

    Hi Harvey, great advice! I think I have at times been scammed by donating to false causes. Thanks for the tips!

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  9. Lydia @ Not Afraid of the Snow

    I agree that you have to give to someone you can trust. I am surprised when people give to an organization that they know nothing about. How are you suppose to know how they are using your money at that point?

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  10. Kim

    So true in everything online and off. Trusting yourself and your instincts should definietly be number one! Thanks for the advice.

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  11. Dory

    Great Tips, I like the tip about trusting your instincts 🙂

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  12. Raj @Pink Chai Style

    Great advice! The only time I use online giving is if a friend or someone I know is in a walk or fundraiser. We all need to be diligent online these days.

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  13. Brianna at Mending the Piggy Bank

    Admittedly, our family doesn’t often give monetary donations as we currently abide by a strict budget, but even with local organizations that I donate things like clothing and items in my grocery stockpile that I may have a surplus of, I certainly make sure that they’re a reputable organization that truly is giving the vast majority of their resources back to the community. Great tips!

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  14. Diana B

    Lots of great tips! Donating online is just easier for me, I’ve worked for an online payment processor so I don’t have qualms about using the internet for payments as long as I know where it’s going.

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  15. Lyne A

    I hardly use online giving for organisation I don’t know, I’ve heard of so many people getting con by crazy people online. it’s sad that such convenient tool like online giving is being misuse, thanks for the tips

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  16. Jennifer S. at The Doodlebug Adventures

    Thank you for sharing. I have such a hard time with this. I want to give more but fear doing so online because I’ve heard so many horror stories. Do you know of any good resources for people looking locally?

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    1. Dash Kitten

      Check for local small rescues (animal) or local domestic aid help (human) using places like Facebook, and online searches as well as local directories. You may have other resources being in the USA (different to New Zealand). As an animal orientated blog I know I can find small rescues in a given area using online information and both Twitter, LinkedIn and FB contacts.

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  17. Jen

    thank you for these great tips! It’s always helpful to see this info being shared with those who may be new to the online world.

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  18. Carol Z

    Very thoughtful. I have found that donating on line works for me and it’s easy to keep track of donations with a online folders. I might not write a check for a few dollars, but can contribute to varied causes where I want to give small amounts.

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  19. Vanessa S

    PayPal is such a great resource for online donations. Like you said, donating to local charities that you know are legit goes a long way to putting my mind at ease. I have also donated to charities in China and several international women’s issues groups, and it always goes well. Major reputable charities will almost always offer a financial report on their website.

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  20. Vita @ VitaLivesFree

    Great tips! We donate money to a cat welfare charity and support them with our time whenever we can as well. Poor animals are so dependent on us, and it’s heartbreaking to see them suffer. We’ve never given money to any other charities apart from pets. There are enough people supporting human charities already. Also people in pet charities seem a little more genuine and willing to help than those in human charities. Don’t you think?

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  21. Stacey

    I have never donated money online. To be honest, I’m usually so strapped for cash that I would be too scared to have a regular amount going out. However I do try and take part in charity events, or donate on an individual basis when I can. However, if I ever get some spare cash I would love to set something up online and I will try and bear your tips in mind. Although then I would have to try and decide which of the many, many worthy charities out there to donate to!

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  22. Rachel Lavern@Online Biz Boomer Babe

    I donate so much money via tithes and offerings to churches that I do not bother to donate anywhere else. The churches that I support have lots of programs that provide services so I leave it up to them to divvy it up.

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  23. Teresa

    Good advice! Donating online can be very convenient, but you definitely don’t want to get taken. Before I donate, or pay anything online, I make sure the link is secure (https) and I trust the source.

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  24. Patty Mejia Burke

    Very good advice. There are so many people and companies out there who will rip you off by trying to break your heart by showing you pictures of abandoned animals…I’d rather support the local no-kill animal shelter by dropping off kitty litter or food for the dogs and kitties.

    Blessings!
    Patty

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  25. Desiree Arpin

    I have never donated online, but those are great tips. I do often see causes that appeal to me, and wish I could afford to help out.

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  26. Tamara

    We donate, but not normally online. We prefer to do so locally & to a charity close to our hearts. But everybody is different & has to do what feels right to them. Thanks for the info

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  27. Nailah Bone

    I’ve never donated on line before but I have gone to my shelter and donated directly. I think “trust your instincts” is probably the most important someone can do if they want to give via the web. 🙂 Thanks for the tips!

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  28. Glogirly & Katie

    Those are great rules to follow!
    We especially love the one about helping out locally. We don’t have a lot of money to donate, but we receive a lot of food and supplies. That and our time we happily give to our local no-kill, all-volunteer shelter.

    You guys are awesome!

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  29. meowmeowmans

    Great tips, Harvey! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with all of us!

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  30. The Swiss Cats

    Simple common sense advices that miss too many humans ! Thank you for the reminder Harvey ! Purrs

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  31. Playful Kitty

    Great tips! We all need to be putting our donations in the places that they will do the most good (not scams). Local rescues can use all the help they can get! 🙂

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  32. Cathy Connolly

    Great tips, many probably don’t donate because they worry about the security of it, thanks for sharing!

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  33. Sometimes, Cats Herd You

    Great tips, Harvey! It’s important to be smart as well as to help where you can.

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  34. Thomas Archer @PuppyNumber7

    Well said, Harvey.

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  35. Sparkle

    This is all common sense – and it is surprising how little of it so many humans have! 😉

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  36. Brian Frum

    You are very, very wise Harvey!

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  37. Bode

    Excellent advice given in a way that anyone can understand.

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  38. Kitties Blue

    Good rules for all of us to follow. Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  39. Katiebella2

    Harvey love, you are spot on again! Xxxooo

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