The timeshare related fraudsters hell bent on separating you from your hard earned money do not take a break and seem to come up with ever more clever ways of taking advantage of you.
* If you donate anything else such as a car, clothing or money, there is no “fee” to do so. Why then, would there be a fee to donate your timeshare?
* The timeshare owners I've heard from were contacted by a third party, NOT the purported charity. The Red Cross, Disabled Veterans of America, Goodwill, the United way, etc. do not work with third parties.
* All of the companies initiated contact. No legitimate company will ever initiate contact. This goes for resale, rental, listing, transferring, "getting out of" and donations.
* A charity cannot accept a donation if it comes with an ongoing liability and annual maintenance fees are an ongoing liability
If you own a timeshare that you no longer need or want, here are some tips:
* Seek out unbiased information on how to use it better, including alternate exchange companies or renting it.
* Call the resort and inquire if they will buy it back from you.
* If you decide to sell it, only work with those organizations that you contact first and that do not require an upfront fee or give you any promises about selling