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Donations for Japan’s relief be cautious

The Cyprus Lawyer

Persons planning to donate to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts underway internationally should be careful not to fall pray to fund-raising scams by con artists seeking to exploit the natural disaster for their personal profit.

Donors who seek to give to the Japanese relief efforts should be wary of requests for clothing, food or other in-kind donations, which may not be appropriate since they may do more harm than good.

Additionally, donors should find out if the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups. Middlemen should be avoided and donations should be given directly to charities that have a presence in the region or internationally.

Fund-raises and charitable organizations are required under the Laws of Cyprus to register with the competent authority. For a list of authorized/registered charitable institutions in Cyprus please visit this site.

The following tips are suggested to ensure best donations will:

  • Ask how much of your donation will go to charity and how much will be used to pay fund-raising costs.
  • Pay close attention to the name of the charity.
  • Ask questions about the charity and donate only once your questions have been answered.
  • Ask whether the charity is registered and confirm the registration with the site of the Cyprus Inland Revenue Department provided earlier.
  • Take caution when giving only.
  • Do not pay cash and always collect your receipt which may be used for income tax purposes (reduce annual income by sums provided to charities).
  • Request written information

If you are contemplating a donation please contact me and i will be glad to assist.

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