Today is Giving Tuesday, but some warn to donate wisely

Written by Rachel McDevitt/Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 1, 2015 5:05 AM

(Undated) -- After the frantic buying that happens on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many people like to take part in Giving Tuesday. 

For example in York County, dozens of nonprofits  -- from the arts to food pantries to health organizations -- hope you also will open your wallet on #GivingTuesdayYork to help others in need. 

But, one organization wants to make sure those charitable dollars go as far as they can.

The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance is offering some tips this giving season. 

President Art Taylor says people who want to donate should always do at least a little research on a charity and be cautious of emotional pleas.

"They know we're in a good mood. We want to give to charity. That's great," he says. "But, the appeal itself should tell you something about what the charity is going to do with the money and it shouldn't simply be pulling at your heart strings to get you to give."

Taylor notes the last quarter of the year is an important time for charities because they collect up to 30 percent of their funding in the final three months of the year.

He says Pennsylvania charities may see more donations today because of the late state budget, but adds such support can't replace the funds charities often get from the government.

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