Coloradans have time and time again shown their generosity in supporting important causes within our communities and throughout the country. A recent survey by AARP Foundation ElderWatch found that close to 80% percent of Colorado adults ages 18 and older made a charitable donation in the last twelve months (largely 2015). Despite the large amount of donors and generous gifts, nearly half (46 percent) of donors did not verify the legitimacy of where they donated, with 64 percent stating they did not ask the fundraiser what percentage of their donation goes to the cause.
In addition to the lack of research and knowledge about giving, many survey respondents (62 percent) believe that they had been solicited by a fake charity or phony fundraiser in the past 12 months. When asked where they should turn if they had concerns about a charity or fundraiser, just 16 percent indicated the correct place, either the Secretary of State or Attorney General’s office, while 28 percent indicated police or law enforcement.
Click here for a summary of the 2016 survey or, visit here for a copy of the complete survey.
If you believe you have been victimized by a charity scam or wish to report suspicious activity, please file a report here.