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Charity Scams

The Community Foundation’s Preventing Charity Scams Initiative protects our community

Tips to Protect Yourself from Charity Scams

Prevent charity scams

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Scammers pull at your heartstrings and pocket all or most of your donation.

Red Flags:

  • You are pressured into donating right away
  • You are asked to give cash, prepaid debit cards or wire money
  • The nonprofit refuses to share information about the organization’s mission and background and does not answer your calls
  • The organization will not verify that your donation is tax-deductible and will not provide a gift receipt
  • Cannot provide details on how your information will be used

What you can do:

  • Ask for contact information for the charity and research them or search for the charity in the resources below.
  • Call the charity directly to verify if the solicitation was legitimate.


  • Community Foundation of Northern Nevada Phone: 775-333-5499
  • Guidestar
  • Charity Navigator
  • Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
  • IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Call their Consumer response Center at 1-877-382-4357 Visit:

The Community Foundation of Western Nevada, a 501 (c) 3 organization, is established to strengthen communities in our region through leadership and philanthropy. The information provided on this page does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this page are for general informational purposes only.

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