Give to charities, but give safely

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Many Utahns got their holiday shopping done on Black Firday and Cyber Monday.

Tuesday gave people a chance to give back with Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is a time set aside for people across the world to donate to their favorite charity. The Community Foundation of Utah says the day serves as a reminder to pause the purchasing and give back during the holidays.

“We are asking people to pick two charities on Giving Tuesday and give them $2 a month, so even kids can participate, said Fraser Nelson, executive director for Community Foundation of Utah. “It’s something that we are making fully accessible.”

The Division of consumer Protection encourages people to give back, but to do so carefully.

“We are concerned about making sure charities are in compliance with the law, which means they need to be registered with the division of consumer protection prior to soliciting for charitable contributions — and we want to make sure those funds are going to go to the purpose the charity advertises that they are going to go to,” said Daniel O’Bannon, director of the Division of Consumer Protection.

For more information about registered charitable organizations visit: http://consumerprotection.utah.gov/registrations/charities.html