“Charity scammers use deception to steal money from people who believe they are donating to legitimate causes. They siphon money away from those in need and use it to line their own pockets. Scam artists often play on donors’ sympathy and take advantage of their generosity.
Here are a few tips for choosing a worthy charity and giving wisely.
Ask questions, such as:
“Who is the fundraiser and who will benefit from the donation?”;
“How much of the contribution goes to the charity mentioned in the request”; and
“How much of the donation goes toward administrative and fundraising expenses?”
Check if the charitable organization is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services by visiting FloridaConsumerHelp.com.
Never give cash. Contribute by check and make it out to the organization.
If you decide to donate online, look for indicators that the website is secure, such as a web address that begins with “https:” (the “s” stands for secure).
Be aware that many telephone appeals for funds are made by paid solicitors, not volunteers. The solicitors often work for a for-profit firm hired by the charitable organization. Telemarketing is expensive and may entail substantial fundraising costs.
Some organizations have 900 phone numbers. When you call the number, the cost of the call is automatically billed to your phone. Before dialing, make sure you wish to donate the price of the call to that cause.
Always obtain and save a printed copy of your donation or a receipt showing the amount of the contribution.
Not all organizations soliciting in the name of benevolence are true charities eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. If this is important to you, ask about the organization’s federal and state eligibility for receiving tax-deductible donations. Typically, such donations fall under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
To file a complaint about a charity, use the FDACS on-line form or call 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352).”
The need to support workers who provide unpaid care for a family member is a growing reality for employers (large and small). As the population grows older and life expectancies increase, the need will grow significantly for the next ten to twenty years.
As many as one in six full-time or part-time employees care for an elderly or disabled family member, according to a fairly recent Gallop poll.
The role of family caregivers involves everything from arranging or coordinating, services/support, to navigating the complex health care system, to performing actual care in the home — all while balancing workplace demands and responsibilities.
Employers can help families save time and reduce stress – while improving workplace productivity, employee morale and loyalty – by connecting their employees with elder care resources through access to knowledgeable specialists and appropriate providers for family care services.
Call today to arrange a free, workplace educational presentation on senior care services and resources in Tampa Bay. Or, simply fill in and submit the form below. We will get back to you quickly to see how we can help.
We are truly dedicated to helping our clients, old and new, regardless of the time of day – or time of year. During these joyous (and sometimes stressful) holidays, know that we are here to help with guidance and assistance, as needed. Happy Holidays!
Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs has a great site with resources to help plan for emergency situations like hurricanes and flooding, to name just two. You can find it here, or click on the link: http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/disaster.php.
“The Department’s Emergency Coordinating Officer coordinates with the Florida Division of Emergency Management on emergency preparedness issues and post-disaster response. The Department ensures that the Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers have all-hazards Disaster and Continuity of Operations Plans to be implemented during a threat of imminent disaster.
Your safety in a disaster depends heavily on your own actions, and developing a survival plan is the first and most important step.“
The sections on the site include:
Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders
Be Prepared by Planning Ahead
Disaster Online Library
Useful Links and Information
All very good tools to help create and document your emergency preparedness plan.
Recently updated figures (emphasis, sadly, on “up”) from the annual Genworth Cost of Care Survey.
While every situation is unique and based on its own set of circumstances, note the potential cross-over point around $3,000 per month, where Assisted Living starts to make sense economically. Certainly an aspect to weigh, but equally important are other medical, emotional and social considerations. Always consider the complete scope of needs when making this important decision.