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Verify charities before giving to disaster causes

Staff report

The Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Secretary of State Mac Warner encourages all West Virginians to give to those in need after disasters, such as the recent flooding in southern Texas, but to use caution.

Before contributions are made to a charity, Warner suggests that donors visit, then type in the name of the charity and hit “Search.”

 Anyone who suspects a problem with a charity or an organization seeking donations for any project, organization or relief effort can file a complaint or contact Warner’s office by phone at 304-558-6000.

Some organizations not listed in the database are not necessarily out of code or fraudulent. Some, such as the American Red Cross, are exempt because they are federally regulated. Others, such as the Salvation Army, are exempt because they are religious organizations.

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