donate: Think Before You Give - 09/13/06 12:10 AM
Before you start writing checks to charitable organizations, make sure you know where your money is going.  The following tips are suggested by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to help you feel more confident about your charitable donations.  Ask solicitors for identification.  Many states require fundraisers to identify themselves and the charity they work for.Request written information about the charity, including address and phone number.  Then check with the BBB.Always make contributions with a check payable to the charity, not to the individual collecting donations.Find out how your contribution will be distributed.  You should know what percentage … (3 comments)

 

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