Julianna Farella from "Helping Hands Initiative" talks about medical charity organizations
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Male: You have been looking around at charities, services of it. How do you get people the right way to recognize this service if it is not good for me, it could be a little fraudulent… What would be the test so you don’t waste your time and sometimes your own money, what tips could you give so we don’t have to get caught up because when you have a kid that is not doing well, whatever the reason, you are very susceptible to the snake oil salesman of the 21st Century, is that true? Female: That is true. Male: So what would you give as a tip that you would say “This is not the right thing to do” and you should look for some place else. Female: Well, the first thing I would do is to look at their charitable record and you can do that by calling your State Attorney Generals Office and all the complains are filed up there, all the recommendations. We have the file testimonials every year as to how you help your clients and see if there is anything there. Male: And if a Charity is not putting at least 80%... Female: Yes. Male: It could be less but there would be a reason for it, like 70%, I don’t know if I like that one. Female: No. Male: Okay, exceptions. Okay, that is a charity. What about if you went to a service, a doctor, if they use the word “guarantee” I will. I don’t know if I could trust that, can you? Female: No. Male: You said we can make an effort, we can try, you could check with some people who I have worked with and sometimes I tried it doesn’t work and they have to take it, look, we will do it three or four sessions and we don’t see any kind of progress in this particular kid it may not work. I know a physiotherapist, he is from South America and he gets kids that cannot sit up and walk, and he always gives them four sessions and it is not expensive. And after the fourth session, you see he has not made any progress, he says look, I am taking my therapy, which works 70% and I am going to get a kid to sit that cannot sit up and walk. It works, but not 100%. That person I will trust. But they guarantee you, writing a check for $5,000.00 that they may walk away from that kind of person. Female: Yes definitely. And one of the things that I do it, before I even recommend somebody or I go in and meet with the person first. I see how they operate. I make sure that my client’s needs are going to be served before I even recommend them. Because if I don’t feel comfortable in the service that I am recommending, my client is not going to feel comfortable with that service either. Male: I agree. But after a while, you probably have heard the stories. They promise miracles writing you the check but you can see how some could be easily take it. So, today you see an ad for charity and before you write that check, go check them out, and make sure it is at least 80% unless there are exceptions to the rule before your write that check and even then you cannot even be 100% sure because sometimes you can modify fakers. Okay, and if it is a good charity, besides writing a check, once in a while, why don’t you go and work with the charity and meet the people of the charity and the people is what we really, are giving money to it. Do they seem kind, and they are really trying, and they have a kid with a particular problem or family member of the problem. They probably are the best ones for charity because they know what the charity is about because they felt it. Female: Yes. What Okinawa suggests is that before you make out a check to a charity, go interview the people in the charity. Go there and say, I am interested in your organization. Can I sit and talk with you for a few minutes. Also get a contact person. Find out who the president of the charity is. Find out who is under him. This way, you have a physical name that you can go to if you have any suspicion. Because the staff person behind the phone is not going to be able to give you the information that you really need. Male: One thing bothers me. I don’t

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