Here are some tips for donating to charity, now or at any time (adapted from Consumer Reports):

  • If you plan on claiming your donation on your tax return, make sure the charity you’re interested in is tax-exempt.
  • Watch out for sound-alikes. It’s not uncommon for low-rated charities to select names similar to high-rated charities.
  • When possible, give directly to the charity itself rather than a professional fundraiser or other go-between.

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