Operation Donate with Honor, a federal-state education and enforcement initiative to combat fraudulent and deceptive charitable solicitations claiming to help Veterans and military was launched today by the Federal Trade Commission.
In addition to taking legal action in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico, the initiative includes an education campaign to help consumers recognize charitable solicitation fraud and identify legitimate charities.
“Not only do fraudulent charities steal money from patriotic Americans, they also discourage contributors from donating to real Veterans’ charities,” said Peter O’Rourke, VA’s acting secretary. “The FTC’s Operation Donate With Honor campaign will help educate citizens on how to identify organizations that misrepresent themselves as legitimate Veterans’ charities, and those who, by contrast, truly help our nation’s heroes. I commend the FTC and its state partners for taking strong action on this important issue.”
Today’s announcement by the FTC includes more than 90 actions against charities and fundraisers that lied about helping Veterans or military service members or otherwise broke the law.
To learn more about how to donate wisely and make your contributions count, visit the FTC’s charity webpage.
For an in-depth look, see the FTC’s full news release on Operation Donate with Honor.