How to check a charity

Make sure your money is going to the right place.

Before you donate your money, donate your time by volunteering. That way you'll see first hand how the charity operates.

If you get a phone call -- ask this simple question: How much of your donor dollars go to the cause? Ask them to mail you proof.
A simple search can tell you a lot too. Use this website -- wwww.CharityNavigator.org