AG: Charity Scams

Attorney General Brnovich offers the following tips to avoid charity scams:

  • Don't give on impulse. Be cautious of high-pressure requests for donations.
  • Do your homework. Ask for written information (including annual reports) about the charity before you donate. Find out how your donation is distributed and how much of your donation will actually go to the charity itself (compared to administrative costs). You can also use websites like to read important reports.
  • Avoid giving cash. Donate by credit card or by a check that is payable to the charity, not to an individual. Mail the check directly to the charity.
  • Watch out for charities with names that sound similar to well-known organizations. Sometimes these sound-alike names are simply intended to confuse donors.
  • If you receive an email or text message asking for a donation, confirm that the request is from the charity and not an imposter by contacting the charity directly.
  • Never provide personal or financial information to a solicitor over the phone or at your front door.
  • Know the difference between “tax-deductible” and “tax-exempt.” Even if an organization is tax-exempt, your donation may not be tax-deductible. Recently, AGO helped pass Senate Bill 1077 that makes it illegal to claim a donation is tax-deductible if it’s not or that a donation is going to a nonprofit if it’s not.

GoFundMe Tips

  • Don’t give unless you confirm the authenticity of the campaign.
  • Giving on GoFundMe generally isn’t tax-deductible.
  • GoFundMe typically takes about 2.9% of each donation.
  • Check how the funds will be distributed. Unfortunately, it is common for people to set up GoFundMe fundraisers after highly publicized events, and then disappear with the money without giving the funds to their intended recipients.

If you believe you have been the victim of consumer fraud, you can file a consumer complaint by visiting the Attorney General’s website. If you need a complaint form sent to you, you can contact the Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763, in Tucson at (520) 628-6648, or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at (800) 352-8431. Or visit:

Sea Life Merry Fishmas

Expect a water wonderland at SEA LIFE Aquarium this holiday season, as the undersea attraction’s festive Fishmas celebration is set for weekends November 30 – December 24, 2019.

On the roster are an array of sea-themed seasonal activities, from Underwater Santa Dives: Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm; Holiday Ornament Decorating; Wish For The Fish Christmas Lists; Snowflake Moray Eel Activity; Reindeer Racers; Sharky Meet & Greets: 12pm, 2pm and 4pm; Special Holiday Education Talks and a Critter Canyon Christmas

With elaborate décor, endless activities for the little ones and a chance to check out Scuba Santa in the flesh, there’s no better place to feel festive this season than within the walls of SEA LIFE Aquarium.

For more on SEA LIFE Arizona, visit

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Ste 145 Tempe, AZ 85285

Gingerbread Everything

Chef Lance and team spent 180-plus hours and hundreds of pounds of sugar, flour, eggs, and candy to create the gingerbread display. It is open for the public to view.

  • Event: Local guests may wish to visit and then enjoy our Festive Brunch with Santa at Proof Canteen, which will be from 9 a.m. – 1 pm. on Dec. 7, Dec. 14, and Dec. 21. The brunch is $20 for kids, $48 for adults

For more information: or phone: 480-515-5700

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85262

AAWL: Omni Montelucia

The Omni Montelucia is decked for this evening’s annual tree lighting ceremony, which is free and open to the public! The kid-friendly event includes pictures with Santa, cookie-decorating and crafting stations, hot cocoa, carolers and ballerinas spreading holiday cheer and puppies – yes, puppies!

Everyone knows it’s the thought that counts when giving and receiving gifts…and why not put a little extra thought into this year’s holiday shopping by also giving back to charity with every present you purchase? To kick off the season of giving, the Omni is also hosting Arizona Animal Welfare League’s Unleashed Holiday Bazaar, benefitting the state’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter. Every vendor will donate 30% of its sales that night to AAWL, which will have volunteers with adoptable puppies roaming the event! VIP tickets are also being sold for extra experiences and goodies at 100% of profits from those sales go to AAWL.

Unleashed vendors will have gifts for everyone special in your life – from your four-legged family members to coworkers and kids. Plus, AAWL will be selling its own goodies, like its 2020 Calendar and Rescue Brew coffee.

  • Arizona Animal Welfare League
  • Unleashed Holiday Bazaar
  • Tues., Dec. 3, 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Omni at the Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr. in Scottsdale
  • Why: Holiday cheer and to support the largest and oldest no-kill animal shelter
  • Tickets: Tree Lighting is free; General admission to Unleashed is $39 per person, $69 for two; VIP tickets are $119 or $199 for two
  • Register:

For more information visit: or phone 602-273-6852

AAWL-25 N. 40th Street, Phoenix Arizona 85034

Oink Cafe: Bacon for babies

Breakfast for Babies Nachos! During December, Oink Café is donating 50% of proceeds at three restaurant locations to support the March of Dimes, a charity that supports the health of preemie babies and moms.

For more information visit, March of Dimes: and Oink Cafe

The Oink Cafe-Paradise Valley 4326 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Barrio's Pizza host Eight annual Doran Barrio Holiday Hunger

Barro’s Pizza is doing their part once again in the fight against hunger in Arizona. On Tuesday, December 3, Barro’s Pizza will host the eighth annual Doran Barro Holiday Hunger Fight benefiting St. Mary’s Food Bank. The Barro family will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from all 43 Barro’s locations on this day to help those in Arizona facing hard times during the holidays.

“The community has really gotten behind this event every year, and we hope they will do the same this year by ordering or dining in at one of our restaurants on Dec. 3,” said Gina Barro co-owner of Barro’s Pizza. “Barro’s makes it a priority to help in the community however we can, and it’s especially important over the holidays to make sure no one goes hungry. We are committed to helping to end hunger in Arizona and will continue to dedicate the first Tues. in Dec. every year to help this cause.”

Last year, Barro’s Pizza raised a grand total of $255,141 for St Mary’s, making this the highest donation from the annual event. Every dollar donated equates to seven meals, so this last year’s donation provided 1,785,987 meals during the holiday season to Arizona’s hungry. Over the last seven years, $1,206,257 was raised which equals almost 8.5 million meals. Over the years, the Doran Barro Holiday Hunger Fight has become St. Mary’s largest cause-marketing effort of the year.

For more information and locations, visit

For more information on St. Mary's Food Bank visit: or Phone: 602-242-FOOD.

Arizona Nordic Village

For those who truly want an escape, visit the Nordic Village where visitors can stay in a yurt (think kind of igloo, kind of a dome looking hut), cabins, cross-country ski, enjoy bonfires and just unplug. Rates are about $100 a night.

For more information: or phone: (928) 220-0550

Arizona Nordic Village 16848 US-180, Flagstaff, AZ 86001


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