01-07-09 Citizen Alert: To Donate to Local Public Safety Associations, Make Sure Solicitors are Clear as to Who Benefits
Boise, Jan. 7, 2008 - Boise Police and Boise Fire Officials want to alert citizens that if they wish to donate to local public safety associations, they should make sure a telephone solicitor is clear as to who they represent and what association will benefit.
Several local public safety associations do collect donations via telephone solicitations, and some may be doing so now. However, several callers to Boise City offices recently report being contacted by telephone solicitors who did not mention local police or fire agencies, and in fact, the citizens became concerned when the callers gave the citizens confusing, vague information.
It's important for citizens to know that legitimate, local public safety associations, including the Boise Police Association and the Ada County Sheriff Employees Association (two private employee associations), do collect donations from generous citizens for association programs, including the ACSEA's s annual Celebrity Basketball Game, and the BPA's annual Shop with a Cop program for underprivileged kids. Other Treasure Valley area or Idaho state public safety associations also solicit via telephone for donations.
Local association officials say they hire local companies to solicit the donations. Most importantly, the local solicitors are always very specific letting citizens know they're calling on behalf of a Boise-area public safety group, and they're specific as to what local programs will benefit from citizen donations.
For citizens contacted by a telephone solicitor, the solicitor should:
- Clearly state who they're soliciting for.
- Be clear as to the programs that will benefit by the citizens donation.
- Politely answer questions.
If citizens have any questions regarding a telephone solicitation, they can contact the group or organization running the campaign, or the Boise area Better Business Bureau.