While many charities are trustworthy, you should always thoroughly investigate a charity before making a donation. A few organizations have been reported to exploit servicemembers’ or veterans’ affinity for their service, including by using solicitors in military uniforms, in the organizations’ attempts to get money that may not actually be used to help servicemembers or veterans.

To find out more about a charity, research it at the following websites:

For more information, see the Attorney General’s publication on “Tips for Giving Generously and Wisely to Veterans and Public Safety Groups”: http://www.mass.gov/ago/docs/nonprofit/giving-to-veterans-groups.pdf pdf format of Tips for Giving to Veteran's Groups