donating to charity questions

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"By all means, give to as many organizations as you can with confidence," says Bennett Weiner, chief operating officer of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. But be warned: If you diversify your giving, you're going to be on numerous mailing lists for renewal gifts, and similar charities may contact you as well (unless you tell them not to). Plus, the more groups you consider, the more time you'll need to spend on research.