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How to determine if an organization is trustworthy

Eau Claire (WQOW)- Eau Claire is often credited with having a generous nature so, Eau Claire Police want you to know what to look out for when donating to nonprofit organizations, after the founder of Hope in the Valley was caught allegedly stealing from the group.

As News 18 previously reported, Renelle Laffe is charged with theft from a business totaling between $10,000 and $100,000.

Eau Claire Police Lieutenant Derek Thomas said before you donate, make sure you’re asking questions.

Thomas said to ask who manages the money, if there is an entire board of personnel in place, if they require two people to sign deposits, does the organization regularly have an internal audit completed, and what types of donations are made to the charity.

“We understand based on the feedback that we’ve been getting from people in the community is that they’re a little cautious and apprehensive of donating money now to charities because of, in light of what just happened recently,” Thomas said. “However there are all kinds of great charities out there that do a lot of great things.”

Other local non-profits hope Laffe’s actions don’t stop people from donating to good causes.

“I think it may create some additional questions, said Jan Porath the executive director for United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley.” “I really hope that it doesn’t impede people from being philanthropic because there are so many organizations that definitely need the support that are really worthy of that support and are working really hard to make sure those donations are doing good things.”

Porath said if an organization isn’t able to answer your questions, find someone who can, or take your money somewhere else.

Shannon Satterlee

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