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by Elissa Haney

Tips for Online Giving

  • Look for clearly stated privacy policies on Web sites. Make sure the personal information you provide is secure.
  • Look for fine print and hidden requirements. Most responsible sites will have a "frequently asked questions" page.
  • Take a close look at what information the site discloses about its own practices. A good site will provide easy access to information on how the donation process works, whether or not the site is nonprofit, the percentage of your donation or purchase that will actually go to charity, and whether or not contributions are tax-deductible.
  • Make sure contact information is available on the site, in case you have any questions or problems.

(Source: Nat'l Charities Information Bureau)

Giving Made Easy

Charitable giving is rapidly emerging as one of the Web's most beneficial functions. The satisfaction of helping a good cause is now as easy as logging onto the Internet and filling out a form.