Charity & Fundraising Fraud Alert

FundraisingAll of us have seen commercials that  tell a sad story and then request us to help.  Nightly we see animals suffering or small children with no food.  Many if not all of us have received a telephone call on behalf of this charity or that.  This telephone fraud is successful maybe 6 percent of the time which is relatively low.

Why is this so important?  Charities on average receive approximately 40 percent of there donations in the last few weeks of the year.  Online charity scams have surpassed telephone scams.  In 2011 a report on charitable giving found that 90 percent of donors said a nonprofit’s performance was important to them, but only 30 percent actually researched charities.  With the information age here, your computer or tablet or smart phone can help you get the full story, there really is no excuse to let this form of fraud happen. 

Two organizations: the Wise Giving Alliance and Charity Navigator provide online information about charities, including whether they meet certain standards and how efficiently they spend their money.

Protect yourself from scams.  If a charity only gives 5% to victims obviously this may not be a charity that you want to support.  Be informed and it is probably wise give to charities with a proven track record.  It’s best to verify and it’s simple.  Enjoy the Holidays and the Season of Giving.


Comesse by Antonio Gonzales, hairstylist at Orlo Salon, NY, NY

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Antonio Gonzales Hair Stylist

Many of us go for the simple haircut but there is another world out there.  Antonio is at the other end or should I say the top of the hair stylist world.  He is also a good friend.  He has been has been featured in Allure magazine as one of the Best Hair Cuts in NYC” and named by Vogue as “…a rising star.” Gotham magazine has labeled him a “shear genius.”
Antonio enjoys taking part in NYC’s Fashion Week each year together with his boss and mentor Orlando Pita. He has been featured as a guest expert on radio and is a guest writer for several online beauty sites.

Have you seen his work? It’s likely that you have and do not even know it.  A great example of this would be at the famous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.  Many men have seen this as it is the famed show with all of the beautiful models in lingerie.  Antonio has an excellent blog entitled ” Comesse ” for those of you interested in the latest in hair health and fashion. The link to his blog is here:  ” Click Right Here “.    This BlogSpot has the latest on Culture, Hair Care / Products, Hair Color, and Hair Trends.