Tips to avoid scams and make smart giving decisions with your dollars

 

Source: Herb Weisbaum, NBC News

By doing a little research, you can give wisely, avoiding the scams and giving your money to good charities that will efficiently use your donations for the causes you want to support. These three websites can help you make informed decisions:

Give.org: This is the website of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

Charity Navigator: Charity Navigator has information on all 1.6 million nonprofits registered in the U.S. It rates groups from zero to five stars by evaluating how efficiently a charity uses donations, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time, and its level of commitment to accountability and transparency.

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