How To Research A Charity

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How do you donate money after a natural disaster like the Oklahoma tornado or tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombings and Sandy Hook massacre and know you’ve picked the right charity?
To find out how much of your donation actually supports a cause instead of paying the charity CEO’s expenses, visit Charity Navigator (, which rates thousands of charities on a four-star scale.
The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance ( lists history, donation distributions, financial information and any complaints of charities and relieve organizations.
Charity Watch (, the former American Institute of Philanthropy, also rates charities.
The Better Business bureau suggests asking a charity if it is providing direct aid or merely raising money for other relief organizations. If it’s raising money for a different charity, you’re better off donating to a charity that’s directly aiding the area in need.
To confirm a charity’s tax-exempt status, check with the IRS ( This will help avoid “pop-up” charities formed immediately after a disaster or tragedy.

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