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Charity Navigator Website Helps Donors Avoid Scams

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CHICAGO (WBBM) — Donations are pouring into Japan as it copes with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, tsunami and now a nuclear crisis.

As Newsradio 780’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports, if you’re planning to give, you might want to do a background check first to avoid being scammed.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Felicia Middlebrooks Reports

The suffering in Japan is incalculable. But experts say that Chicagoans need to to their homework before opening their wallet.

A website, , can help you find a charity you can trust.

The website features a fresh list daily of non-profits that stand by their promises. Each charity is given a rating. Charity Navigator is an independent organization.