Report says many donors question the transparency of disaster relief non-profits

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LANSING, MI (WILX) - A large number of people who donate to disaster relief organizations do not believe the non-profits are transparent enough about how the money the non-profit receives is spent.

That is the finding according to a new report out from the Better Business Bureau.

The report surveyed 2,100 people.

It found just 24% think disaster-relief non-profits are clear about where their donations are spent.

But experts say a lack of clarity isn't the only problem.

"Only 54% of donors were actually investigating that fact," said Troy Baker of the Better Business Bureau.

He added, "So not only are non-profits not being clear enough, but donors aren't asking for that information before they give, which really opens them up to a lot of problems. Because your donation may not go where you think it is."

Experts say the best way to make sure you know where your money is going is to do some research yourself.

To find out more about a disaster relief non-profit before you donate you can simply go to the website and type in the name of any non-profit organization.

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