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Give more, guess less

By Giive staff

For nonprofits, attracting eager volunteers and generous donors is challenging enough, but when a charity is exposed as a scam, it hurts everybody.

 

This week, a leukemia foundation that collected close to $13 million between April 2009 and March 2013 was exposed as having spent less than 1 percent of the monies on young patients. In May, four cancer charities were charged by the Federal Trade Commission with swiping $187 million from its trusting donors.

 

It’s enough to make you want to throw your loving arms in the air. But don’t. There are thousands and thousands of awesome nonprofits all across the country doing amazing, selfless work. And they need our help.

 

So how do you know, not only when a nonprofit is on the up-and-up, but that it’s truly making an impact? Giive’s Causes directory contains more than 12,000 such nonprofits, each vetted for having committed 70 percent or more of charitable intake back to their causes. Giving shouldn’t include guesswork!

 

Through informed philanthropy and empowered volunteerism, we can shape a better world one community at a time. Search the Causes directory at giive.org for the most effective nonprofits in your community and KNOW you’re making a difference. Be the change you set out to be.

 

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