Q: About this time of year, it seems like my mailbox is filled with appeals for money from charities and other organizations. How can I know which ones are legitimate and really need my money? I don’t have a lot to give but I don’t want to see it go to waste. — N. McK.
A: This is a great question to ask. Many charities waste the money you send them or spend it in non-charitable ways. In this previous post, I advised the reader to inquire as to how their charitable donation would be used. This site has some good advice for choosing a worthy charity. It recommends researching particular charities with the Better Business Bureau. A list of secular charities can be found here. I am not recommending any of these; you should research them yourself before making a donation.
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