2 first responder charities banned for taking millions of dollars from donations

Two charities claiming to help law enforcement officers and veterans are now banned from soliciting donations.

The Federal Trade Commission said the Disabled Police and Sheriff's Foundation and the American Veterans Foundation took millions of dollars from donors but only gave about five percent of the money to those in need.

ABC11 Troubleshooter Diane Wilson said it's important to look up reports and ratings for charities before donating. Also, don't be afraid to ask exactly how much of the donation will go to the cause you want to support.

Information about how much of the donation goes to the cause versus administrative costs can be found online.

More information on charities and nonprofits ratings and reports can be found on the links below:

BBB Wise Giving Alliance
Charity Navigator
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