Verify: Which charity websites can you trust?

Find out which charities are trustworthy.

QUESTION:

Is 4Ocean a legit company that people can trust? 

ANSWER:

We can verify this is true. 

SOURCES:

4Ocean

Rod Davis, Better Business Bureau CEO 

RESOURCES:

CharityWatch.org

Give.org

PROCESS:

There's a lot of charity organizations out there and people are reaching out to us asking which organizations they can trust to make donations to. 

Like the company 4Ocean, for instance. Joanne from Dale City wants to know if the company 4Ocean is really going out and cleaning up the oceans with the help of people's donations. 

Joanne came across an ad on Facebook that linked to the 4Ocean website and a claim that says every $20 bracelet you buy from them helps get a pound of trash out of the ocean.

Our verify team reached out to the Better Business Bureau in Boca Raton, Fla. where 4Ocean is based. 

They told us 4Ocean completed their accreditation in May. They have an A rating and 0 complaints.They also said that the company has submitted documentation to substantiate all of its ocean cleanup events and the money invested in these efforts.

So we can verify, this is true. 4Ocean is a legitimate company that makes sure its funding goes to their claim of cleaning trash from oceans.

Now, 4Ocean isn't a non-profit charity, but a lot of you have been asking questions about how to find out if a charity is the real deal.

Sites like CharityWatch.org provide reports of grade ratings, mission statements, and the percentage of funding that goes toward the non-profit's cause. That should always be your first stop before donating.

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