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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Finding a Charity to Support

Disasters such as the recent earthquake in Haiti inspire many generous families to send money. Many of the media reporting on the quake are warning people to beware of scam artists. One of the best ways we have of ensuring our money reaches those truly in need is donating to a trusted charity we are already familiar with or doing our research before giving to a charity we aren’t familiar with. The library offers links on its Web site to help you ensure your money will be used the way you intended. Two of the links offered on the site are to Charity Navigator and GuideStar which both rate thousands of nonprofits.

Photo: Haitian National Palace after the earthquake, courtesy United Nations Development Program.

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