6 Things You Should Know About Donating to Charity
It's hard to know which charities are most deserving—and yet questioning the merits of a nonprofit can make you feel like a Scrooge. We asked the tough questions so you won't have to.
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Homegrown organizations can require additional research because they may not be scrutinized as intensely as larger nonprofits. Miniutti's advice for avoiding scams: Make sure the governing board has at least five independent members who make up the voting majority. "You don't want to see a situation where the board includes the CEO's husband, daughter, and son-in-law," she says. Another option is to pick a national charity that works on the local level, like Donors Choose
, which can direct your donation to a nearby classroom that needs it.