How to make sure you’re not donating to sham charities

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Four American cancer charities allegedly misused $187 million in donations for personal luxuries, including cars, luxury cruises and concert tickets

It’s the kind of news that strikes fear into the hearts of many people who have entrusted their dollars — and their consciences — to charity.

While it’s important for donors to be cautious, you can donate without fear — if you do a minimal amount of research. Here’s our guide

1. Google it.

If you Googled the deceptively reputable-sounding names of these sham organizations — the Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children’s Cancer Fund of America or the Breast Cancer Society — before Tuesday, the news might not have surprised you at all. Read more…

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