Choose Your Charities Carefully :
records of solicitations and other materials to help you prioritize your gifts among the
many organizations that ask for your support. Watchdog organizations including the
Philanthropic Advisory Service of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (703-276-0100 or http://www.bbb.org) and the National Charities Information
Bureau (212-929-6300 or http://www.give.org) publish
lists to help you find out how reputable your chosen charities are and how much of your
contributions will be used for actual programs.
Use the Internet:
There are a number of online sources you can use to see how your favorite charities put
your money to use.
- To determine if a fundraising appeal is valid try the
Internet Nonprofit Center (http://www.nonprofits.org).
Here you'll find the IRS database of every group that is registered as a charity - 1.2
million nonprofit in all.
- Many charities have their own Web page. You can use
the Nonprofit Web Site Directory (http://www.idealist.org)
to locate many of them. Organized by the Contact Center Network, this database lists 8,500
individual nonprofit sites.
- For a charity that supports a specific issue, see the
Independent Charities of America (http://www.independentcharities.org).
Enter the type of charity you want, for example "Education," and the database
will sort through the ICA's members and provide you with a list of names, addresses, phone
numbers and descriptions of those charities.
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