In recent weeks the United States has faced two major issues, namely the continuing and worsening Coronavirus Pandemic and a heightened awareness of the need for greater civil rights for all Americans spurred on by the tragic death of George Floyd.  Looking at the glass as half-full, many Americans are doing what they can in regard to wearing masks and taking proper precautions to limit the spread of the Coronavirus and many Americans are also organizing efforts to recognize injustice and take the steps required to lead to greater justice for everyone.  Americans are also trying to aid both of these causes through charitable donations to organizations that will advance these causes and this is where the scammers come in.  As I have told you many times, scammers are always taking advantage of anything that captures the public’s attention and triy to turn it into an opportunity to scam you.  The best intentions of Americans trying to help others through their charitable donations are exploited by scammers who set up fake charities and non-profit organizations that appear to advance important causes, but instead just take your money for their own uses.  In many instances, it can be very hard to distinguish what is a legitimate charity or non-profit organization from that of a scammer. Fortunately, there is an easy solution to this problem.

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The website http://www.charitynavigators.org is a free website that will provide you with important information about charities and non-profit organizations to which you may be considering making a donation.  First and foremost the website will tell you whether or not the particular website or non-profit is a scam.  However, also importantly, http://www.charitynavigator.org will also tell you how much of your donation to particular charities and non-profits goes toward their charitable purposes and how much goes toward their own salaries and administrative expenses.

Charitynavigator.org has a separate page where you can find out the best charities and non-profits helping in regard to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Here is a link to that page  .https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=7779

Charitynavigator.org also has a separate page where you can find the best organizations working to advance civil rights for everyone.  Here is a link to that page. https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=5204

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