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The Alliance for Consumer Protection (ACP) is a Beaver County volunteer agency dedicated to fair dealing in the market place.

Making Smart Choices About Gifts to Charities

The Alliance for Consumer Protection tips for making informed decisions when making GIFTS TO CHARITIES By Sidney Elkin, Founder.

At the end of the year, most households are deluged by charity and non-profit group fund raising requests for gifts and donations. Givers should investigate group money management of the charitable funds to make sure that the contributed funds are used to support the charity’s mission.

One may want to know about the allocation of the charity’s income which is used for the group’s programs. What percentage of income goes to fund raising expenses and what percentage is used for management costs. By checking Charity Navigator, you can learn about the share of income devoted to programming and other important information.

It has been suggested that you avoid groups which devote less than 75% of income to their mission. Fund raising expenses, including paid professional solicitors, should be below 10% of income. There are also some charities which use names similar to well established groups which confuse well intentioned donors. It is best to check out groups if their name is not familiar to you.

December is the month when online donations surge. According to the Network for Good, 31% of online donations were made in December in 2014 and 12% of donations were made in the last three days of the month. A recent AARP survey found that 70% of charity donors failed to ask how the collected funds were to be used. Donors should verify that fund raisers are authorized to conduct collections in their state. As contributors to a charity, the public should want to make sure that the funds are supporting a worthy cause.

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ACP Identifies Scams Aimed at Seniors

SCAMS AIMED AT OLDER CITIZENS by Sidney Elkin The internet has become a vehicle for hackers and con artists to rip off seniors and others with a variety of clever ruses. 1. HEALTH INSURANCE: Those who are eligible for Medicare may hear from insurance companies concerning Medicare options. Beware that scammers may pretend to be… Continue Reading

How the Marcellus Shale Drilling is Affecting Housing in Beaver County

Melody Logoyda, data collections consultant for the Alliance for Consumer Protection (ACP) of Beaver County, PA shares insights on how Marcellus Shale is impacting the Beaver County region. The Marcellus Shale industry is exploding across the region. It is something to be thankful for. It has the potential to create hundreds of job opportunities just… Continue Reading

Advice for Consumers in Beaver County

Alliance for Consumer Protection   The Alliance for Consumer Protection, (ACP) in Beaver County was founded by Mr. Sidney Elkin, Esq., in June of 1975.  It is a branch of the Alliance for Consumer Protection International, Inc. and incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a non profit corporation.  Mr. Elkin believed then,… Continue Reading