How to support victims of Sikh tragedy

Karen Stiles

How to support victims of Sikh tragedy

CREATED Aug. 7, 2012

MILWAUKEE - When a tragedy strikes, such as that which occurred in the Sikh community this weekend, it touches everyone and many want to reach out in some way to help.

Can you be sure that your donation will help those in need?

It is amazing how something so sad can bring out the best in so many people who want to help.

Unfortunately sometimes a well publicized tragedy can also lead to scams and unscrupulous people who try to take advantage of a situation.

If you want to give, make sure that check things out and that you know for sure who will be receiving your donation and how it will be used.

How do you check out a cause and verify that your donation is going to the best place?

The best place to start is with the charity or cause itself.

If you donate directly to the charity, in this case, sending your donation directly to the Skh Temple of Wisconsin at their location on South Howell Avenue in Oak Creek, you know that your donation is going to the right place.

The exact address and more information is posted here.

There may be other legitimate fundraising efforts, but you may not know how your donation will get to those in need.

Before you donate, do your homework.

When in doubt, check directly with the charity to be sure that they are aware of and approve of any fundraising efforts.

If you are unable to verify the fundraising effort, be careful.

If possible, consider using a credit card so that you can dispute the charge later if things are not legit.

Are there consumer agencies like the better business bureau that may be able to verify if a charity or cause is legitimate?

There are resources such as this or

Not all charities or causes are listed and when a crisis hits, they may not have any information, good or bad and that is why you may want to make donations directly to the Skh Temple of Wisconsin.