There are evil people out there who are using the coronavirus pandemic to benefit themselves financially. Please stay safe and you know not to open the door if someone should knock, claiming to be a health official there to test you for COVID19, right? Health officials are NOT going door-to-door so spread the word!
Also, with informal campaigns popping up everywhere from Facebook and GoFundMe to spreadsheets listing Venmo accounts, it's not uncommon for scams to crop up during times like these.
To help you make informed decisions, there are watchdog groups like CharityWatch that evaluate the trustworthiness and efficiency of philanthropic organizations. The Federal Trade Commission has also released a tip sheet on how to avoid scams.