Islip Supervisor Carpenter Offers Helpful Tips When Making Charitable Donations, In Response to Recent Disasters

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter would like to remind all Town residents to be cautious when donating to charitable causes, and to make every effort to ensure that their generous donations are being directed as intended.

“It’s human nature in difficult times like these, to want to come together to help, but unfortunately, we also see others trying to take advantage of these sad situations,” said Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “Millions of people in the Caribbean, Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico are in dire need of help, in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake in Mexico, and by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria. I encourage residents to vet the organizations they are contributing to, and ensure that their well-intentioned donations end up in the right hands,” said the Supervisor. 

 Make sure to always research the organization of interest you are donating to. Take time to get familiarized with the organization. Find out what the charity will do with the money donated. Be wary if an organization will not divulge this information, as a legitimate charity would be glad to share how they distribute contributions. Always check to make sure it is a credible, charitable organization.

Be sure to never respond to unsolicited spam emails. These formats are usually not associated with legitimate charities. Always check before you text a contribution to a charity. Keep in mind that a texted donation may not reach the charity until the phone bill is paid, and it may be expeditious to contribute to the charity directly.

One of the most valuable pieces of advice is to never give out any personal information. Make sure the organization is a familiar one, and double check to make sure the charity is legitimate. Always give contributions by credit card or a check made payable to the charity, and never in the form of cash.

Please help by reporting suspicious organizations. If an organization is misrepresenting its work, or if a scam is taking place, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 212-416-8401. Other helpful websites include; charitywatch.org, bbb.org, guidestar.org, and charitynavigator.org.