- Find a charity with a track record; review the organization’s IRS tax status, check how it spends money and makes important decisions. Good places to find this information are Charity Navigator and GuideStart.
- Be thoughtful about an organization’s overhead and administrative costs; cost efficiency is an important factor when choosing a charity, but effectiveness is the key.
- Ask questions before you give – visit a charity’s website, send an email, or call if you have concerns.
- See what others are saying about the charity of your choice via social media and trusted online forums.
- Watch for scams; be on your guard for emails that ask for credit card or other personal information. Check the Better Business Bureau Charity Reviews website (www.bbb.org/charity-reviews) before giving.
Do you know World Vision, which is sponsoring this post? World Vision is a non-profit humanitarian organization which has been helping struggling children and families, in the US and around the world, for decades. Through World Vision you can sponsor a child or make a one-time gift, either for a specific purpose or for wherever the need is greatest.
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