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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.Β Β 
  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

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    Katiebella2

    February 12, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Harvey love, you are spot on again! Xxxooo

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    Kitties Blue

    February 12, 2014 at 10:55 am

    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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    Bode

    February 12, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Excellent advice given in a way that anyone can understand.

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    Brian Frum

    February 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    You are very, very wise Harvey!
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    Sparkle

    February 12, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    This is all common sense – and it is surprising how little of it so many humans have! πŸ˜‰
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    Thomas Archer @PuppyNumber7

    February 12, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Well said, Harvey.

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    Sometimes, Cats Herd You

    February 12, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Great tips, Harvey! It’s important to be smart as well as to help where you can.
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    Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats

    February 12, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Great advice!
    –Woofs (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.
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    Cathy Connolly

    February 13, 2014 at 1:20 am

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

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    Playful Kitty

    February 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

    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! πŸ™‚
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    The Swiss Cats

    February 13, 2014 at 9:58 am

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

    February 13, 2014 at 5:15 pm

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

    February 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    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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    Nailah Bone

    February 15, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    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. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the tips!
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    Tamara

    February 19, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    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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    Desiree Arpin

    February 20, 2014 at 3:32 am

    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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    Patty Mejia Burke

    February 20, 2014 at 8:06 am

    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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    Teresa

    February 20, 2014 at 8:27 am

    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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    Rachel Lavern@Online Biz Boomer Babe

    February 20, 2014 at 10:38 am

    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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    Stacey

    February 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    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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    Vita @ VitaLivesFree

    February 20, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    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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    Vanessa S

    February 20, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    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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    Carol Z

    February 20, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    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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    Jen

    February 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    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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    Jennifer S. at The Doodlebug Adventures

    February 21, 2014 at 2:10 am

    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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      Dash Kitten

      February 21, 2014 at 7:10 am

      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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    Lyne A

    February 21, 2014 at 3:04 am

    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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    Diana B

    February 21, 2014 at 10:28 am

    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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    Brianna at Mending the Piggy Bank

    February 21, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    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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    Raj @Pink Chai Style

    February 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    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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    Dory

    February 22, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Great Tips, I like the tip about trusting your instincts πŸ™‚
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    Kim

    February 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    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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    Lydia @ Not Afraid of the Snow

    February 23, 2014 at 5:35 am

    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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    Anastasia Carpenter

    February 24, 2014 at 3:05 am

    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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    Cherie @ In Cherie's Words

    February 24, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    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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    A Kerr

    February 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Perfect rules for sure!
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    Anna

    February 25, 2014 at 7:00 am

    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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    DeBalino

    February 25, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    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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    Divachyk @Relaxed Thairapy

    February 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm

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

    February 26, 2014 at 2:20 am

    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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    Angi

    February 26, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Excellent tips for those who are wary of donating online.
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    Ashley S

    February 26, 2014 at 8:37 am

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