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Potential Charity Scam in the Vancouver Area

Vancouver, BC—Please be advised that yesterday Union Gospel Mission was informed about an individual canvassing in the Marpole area under the guise of collecting money for UGM. Our organization has never collected money door-to-door and would not enter into such a partnership.

We don’t yet know if this is an isolated incident, if it is a wide-spread scam, or if other charities have been fraudulently misrepresented as well.

Anyone who receives a door-to-door request for funds on behalf of UGM is encouraged to note a description of the individual and to notify the police immediately.

The holiday season is a critically important fundraising season for most charities whereby organizations often rely on the generosity of their donors to secure crucial funding that will last year-round. Unfortunately because of this goodwill and fundraising dynamic, there are also those seeking personal gains through fraudulent activities.

Note that some charities do raise money door to door. If there is any doubt about the credibility of the solicitor, ask the person’s full name and call the charity. One can always donate at a later point. Gifting to an accredited, registered, not for profit organization is one of the best ways to ensure philanthropic gestures go where they are intended.

UGM’s means of donating are as follows: online (www.ugm.ca), by phone (604-891-5682), or onsite at 601 East Hastings.

About UGM:

Union Gospel Mission has been feeding hope and changing the lives of men, women, and children for over 70 years. Through its 7 locations in Metro Vancouver, UGM provides counseling, education, safe housing, and alcohol and drug recovery to those struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. The heart of the mission is to demonstrate God’s transforming love, ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild the lives of the broken, and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside. To find out more, visit www.ugm.ca.

27/11/13
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