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The Better Business Bureau offers these basic tips on giving:
-- Do not give cash. Write out a check to the charity's full official name, not to the individual collecting the donation.
-- Look at the name carefully. Some charity names sound the same. There are many charities raising funds for charitable causes.
-- Do not be pressured to give money on the spot. The charity that needs your money today will welcome it tomorrow.
-- Do not hesitate to ask the charity to provide detailed written information about its programs and finances. Charities with nothing to hide will encourage your interest.
-- For more tips on charitable giving and information on organizations that solicit nationally, please contact the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. Go online to The address is: BBB Wise Giving Alliance, 4200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 800, Arlington, VA 22203. Or call 703-276-0100.

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