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FL Ag Commissioner: Be Careful This Giving Tuesday

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Florida Commissioner of Agriculuture Adam Putnam has sent out a release about Giving Tuesday, check your charity before you donate!


From Adam Putnam...


During the holiday season, many generous Floridians contribute their hard-earned money to support important causes.


And with tomorrow being Giving Tuesday, I encourage you to do your homework and make the most of your donation.


Follow these simple steps before giving:


Check-A-Charity Before Donating: See how a charity might spend your donation by checking out our department’s Check-A-Charity tool.


This tool provides detailed financial information on charities registered in Florida.


Watch out for Scams: ​Don't judge a charity solely on its name and don't fall for high-pressure, overly emotional appeals.


Scammers often take advantage of people by pretending to be a real charity or using names similar to well-known charities.


Keep Good Records: Get a copy of your donation or a receipt with the amount of the contribution. And remember, not all organizations are true charities eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.


From food banks to hospitals, there are thousands of charitable organizations in Florida that are doing important, meaningful work.


Your donations to reputable, law-abiding charities will further their mission and help others.


So, be sure to make the most of your charitable contributions this Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season.