Seeing the Big Picture on Charities

A few high-profile transgressors have put charities under a microscope. By all means stay informed -- but remember why you give

Giving to charity has become more challenging for donors in recent years. The U.S. charity sector is much admired abroad, yet here at home it's subject to intense and sometimes painful scrutiny -- both from those within the philanthropic field and from the outside. So much is known about the liabilities and failings of various charities that donors sometimes wonder if it makes sense to give at all.

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