Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Attorney Generals of Kentucky and Massachusetts Share Tips on Helping Victims in Boston

bbb 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (4/18/13) – Attorney General Jack Conway has been in contact with his friend and colleague, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, in the wake of the bombings on Tuesday in Boston.
 
"I contacted Martha to let her know that Kentuckians are praying for people in her beloved Boston," General Conway said. "She shared that she appreciates the support and assured me that law enforcement is doing all in its power to bring justice to those responsible for this terrorist act."
 
General Coakley said the best way to support victims in Boston is to donate to reputable organizations such as the American Red Cross or The One Fund Boston.
 
"After the unconscionable attack at the Boston Marathon, there has been an outpouring of support from people who want to help," General Coakley said. "We urge people from Massachusetts and across the country to continue to support the victims and those impacted by this horrific event. We also encourage people to do their homework on the charity before giving to ensure their money will go to the purpose they intend."
 
Tips for Wise Giving from Generals Conway & Coakley
 
• If you are contributing over the Internet, make sure that the website you are visiting belongs to a legitimate, established, and registered charity, and that the website and the charity match. Also, you should make sure the site is secure and will offer protection for your credit card number.
 
• Check to see if the charity is registered and filing with the Office
of the Attorney General in your state. Registration and filing information can be obtained online for Massachusetts at www.mass.gov/ago/charitiesreports or in Kentucky by visiting ag.ky.gov/civil/consumerprotection/charity/
 
• Know your charity. Take the time to verify the address, phone number, contact information, and review the website and written material, when possible. Consider a charity's history, purpose, track record, percentage of donations that goes to those in need and reputation. Never give to a charity you know nothing about. If you have any doubts, well-established charities with experience in disaster relief or organizations established with support from government agencies are generally a good choice.
 
• Check out websites such as Charitynavigator.org and www.BBB.org/charity, where you will find additional information to help you understand a large number of charities. Examine your options. Do not feel compelled to give to the first charity you come across. There are a number of established organizations already responding to the diverse needs created by the tragedy; in time, there may also be legitimate, smaller charities that will emerge to focus on specific populations and communities.
 
• Be wary of appeals that are long on emotion. A legitimate charity will tell you how it's using your money to address this horrific disaster.
 
• Ask lots of questions. How much of the money goes to the charity and how much to a professional fundraiser? Ask who employs the telephone solicitor, if your contribution is tax deductible and what the charity intends to do with any excess contributions that might remain after the victims' needs are addressed.
 
• Beware of professional fundraisers who try to make their solicitations sound like they are coming directly from the charity itself or volunteers.
 
• Do not pay by cash. Pay by check, and make it out to the charity (use its full name - don't use initials), not the fundraiser. Never give your credit card number to a fundraiser over the telephone. If the fundraiser directly approaches you, ask to see identification. It is best to mail your check directly to the charity.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by the Office of the Attorney General
Photo provided by SurfKY Graphics

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

In Other News...

Free Sports Physical Dates Set for Murray, Calloway, Eastwood Students

MURRAY, Ky. (4/19/14) – Murray-Calloway County Hospital will host its annual free sports physicals to local middle and… Read More

Warrant Amnesty Period in Trigg County

CADIZ, Ky. (4/17/14) — The Cadiz Police Department is working with the Trigg County District and Circuit Courts for the… Read More

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

April 16, 2014 19197

UPDATE- Sheriff's Office Following Leads…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 17, 2014 4140

KSP Nabs St. Charles Man Wanted by U.S.…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 15, 2014 3117

Police Searching for Sureway's 'Baby…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 16, 2014 3033

Sheriff's Deputies Nab Central City…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 15, 2014 2757

Multi-Agency Investigation Leads to Drug…

in Top Stories by Lori Blakeley

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

April 17, 2014 4140

KSP Nabs St. Charles Man Wanted by U.S.…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 15, 2014 3117

Police Searching for Sureway's 'Baby…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 15, 2014 2757

Multi-Agency Investigation Leads to Drug…

in Top Stories by Lori Blakeley
April 15, 2014 1070

State Approves $500K for Hopkins Archery…

in Top Stories by Rebecca Hanchett
April 18, 2014 846

Talking Teen Trashed Telephone Pole,…

in Top Stories by MPD

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

April 15, 2014 1687

Owensboro Police Investigate Auto Accident

in News by Michael Hathaway
April 15, 2014 1341

Owensboro Parks Offers Tennis Lessons

in News by Britni Bunn
April 15, 2014 998

Happenings and Meetings Owensboro

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
April 16, 2014 746

New Home Health Care Opens in Owensboro

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
April 15, 2014 676

OPD’s Annual 5K Run and Police Awareness…

in News by Owensboro Police Department

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

April 16, 2014 3033

Sheriff's Deputies Nab Central City…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 15, 2014 1991

'Walk Right Back' An Everly Brother's…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 15, 2014 1820

Local MCHS Students Train at Job Corps

in Top Stories by Karen Robinson
April 15, 2014 1490

Thumbpickers Unite at Mose Rager Day

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter
April 16, 2014 1045

South Carrollton Woman Injured in Head-on…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03