Attention friends, Donors, Supporters and Partners Don’t Get Scammed!!
Unfortunately, there are lots of Scammers, crooks, thieves or just horrible people out there who are pretending to be Rony Delgarde or mentioning they are working for Global Paint for Charity in order to collect paint from businesses or your money in the name of our organization but keep the lion’s share of your donations for themselves, rather than give it to support our humble causes. In lots of cases, some people have collected 1000s gallons of paint in Miami, Tampa, Chicago, Detroit, New-York, New-Jersey, Boston, Connecticut and Atlanta, and charged the donors $3-5/gallon to dispose of their paint. Please understand, this is not the way we do business.
Global Paint for Charity is a very respected organization in the community. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of Georgia adding color, hope, happiness and encouragement to people’s lives while keeping paint out of landfills and our water sources and using it as a resource to improve the living conditions of those in need around the world.
The organization was founded in 2010 by Rony Delgarde, a Haitian immigrant who loves colors and beautification all around. He was inspired on his very first day in the U.S. after landing at the Miami International Airport from Haiti. Rony thought it’s a perfect adventure and remarkably beautiful to see a city where all houses, banks, hotels and tall buildings were painted with amazing colors. Later during a goodwill trip in Kenya and Uganda, he realized there was a need to beautify global housing projects-Since then, as many as 500-to-6000 gallons of paint have been shipped at a time to developing countries, including Kenya, Uganda, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Honduras, El Salvador, Guyana, Guinea, Ghana and Mexico. He also sent many shipments of paint to help those affected by the 2010 earthquake that killed over 200,000 people, left 300,000 injured and 1.5 million displaced in Haiti. The paint has been used for housing rehabilitation projects including family homes, hospitals, schools, churches, and orphanages.
And it concerns us that scammers and thieves are taking advantage of our successful works around the world with the intent of financial gain. This is so frustrating! People are so desperate and criminal. Instead of seeking for a permanent job they are trying to do the wrong thing all the time. It is sad those scammers and thieves seek to profit in the name of our charity.
To all of you who have donated your paint and money to these people we are really sorry. We are conducting numerous investigations; hopefully these thieves can be brought to justice.
Here are some Tips to Help You Avoid Being Scammed
Please follow these guidelines to help you from being victim to a criminal or scammer. For more detailed information, please always visit our website www.globalpaints.org or call us toll-free 855-853-7772.
- If you ever got a phone call from someone who is pretending to be Rony Delgarde or mentioning he/she is working for Global Paint for Charity, please find out exactly who’s calling: Ask if the caller is a telemarketer or a volunteer or employee of our organization.
- Let the caller know that you are not interested to donate on the phone you will visit www.globalpaints.org to make your donation. By kindness and being helpful, the caller must give you instructions of how to make your donation online using our website.
- For a donation over $500 or 200 gallons of paint ask to be sent a copy of your receipt or written communication via email or certified letter directly from the founder and CEO of our organization, Mr. Rony Delgarde.
- Also require that any future communications between you and any person saying he/she is representing Global Paint in order to collect money or paint be in writing, which can be via email or certified letter. All our staffs, volunteers and Board Members have a @globalpaints.org email address. So ask your response to be sent via a @globalpaints.org email address (email@example.com).
- Do Some Research. Tell the caller you will get back to them—ask for their name, address and phone number. Don’t donate without first doing your due diligence.
- Eliminate the Middleman. If you suspect it’s a volunteer or telemarketer on the phone but you wish to support our programs, contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us toll-free 855-853-7772 to make your donation instead.
We have received many complaints from victims, as well as letters, but please contact us so that we can verify your donations or confirm that your donations have been properly recorded.
Thanks again for everything, but most especially your kindness.