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I had a bad experience with a NP organization when I was a teenager. it was supposed to be a missing children's charity. I went through the "training", which consisted of going around to different businesses and showing them pictures of missing kids and asking for donations. A red flag should've gone off, because so many of the businesses complained that they'd already given money recently, and some of the tactics the employees were using were disturbing. But I was 18, and it was supposed to pay pretty well, and I quit my other job, only to show up on the first day of work and find the place closed down. I read the paper and found out they were corrupt- it was basically a pyramid scheme.<br><br>
Recently, I've had the opportunity to volunteer for an organization that claims to work for the protection of marine life. I was told they need help organizing data into spreadsheets to use for a system that tracks whales, dolphins etc. After being contacted several times over the months, the woman has not followed through. She didn't want to mail the data sheets, so I agreed that she could come to my house and give them to me, and she made an appointment for today and never showed up. This is the organization: <a href="http://www.wdcs.org/" target="_blank">http://www.wdcs.org/</a><br><br>
So, I really do want to volunteer for a non-profit, especially one that benefits animals or marine life, and I guess my question is: how do you know if a charity is legit?
 

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The easiest way would be to find out if tax contributions to them are tax-exempt. You also could ask for paperwork filings with the state and/or local government. Some npos I've worked with hadn't gotten to the 501(c)(3) status yet but definitely were legit. Also ask around. Find other people who've worked with them. Ask them about their track record. They should be willing to talk openly about these issues.
 

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thanks!
 

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<a href="http://www.give.org" target="_blank">www.give.org</a>
 

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Guidestar.org should be able to help you.<br><br>
Shay
 

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The BBB also keeps reports on charities: <a href="http://www.us.bbb.org/WWWRoot/SitePage.aspx?site=113&id=46a6a9cd-5402-454e-9476-e4df22e6f371" target="_blank">http://www.us.bbb.org/WWWRoot/SitePa...6-e4df22e6f371</a><br><br>
I don't see the charity you are talking about, but figured I'd mention it anyway.
 
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