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Donating for Haiti? Give to an established charity

Want to donate to relief for survivors of Haiti's earthquake? Do so by March 1 and you can deduct the gift on your 2009 taxes. Charity Navigator provides a list of 3- and 4-star charities working in Haiti. CNN's list of charities is also helpful. Don't give to an organization created just for this disaster. Support the groups that have already been working in Haiti.

Here's a quicky guide to organizations that evaluate the work of nonprofit charitable organizations:
American Institute of Philanthropy, a nonprofit charity watchdog, rates nonprofits with a letter grade (A to F).
Charity Navigator rates 3,600 charities with one to four stars, rating them on organizational efficiency provides free financial evaluations of America's charities, rating them on organizational efficiency and organizational capacity.
America's 200 Largest Charities. Forbes's list of American's largest charities (by donations) and America's most efficient charities.
Guidestar. Donors, grantmakers, and businesses can use Guidestar's database of 1.8 million nonprofit reports.
Funder's Guide to Rating Systems by Jessica Stannard-Friel (onPhilanthropy, 2005) explains some of the charity rankers.
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