From The World:
As part of The World’s investigative project Tracking Charity, we recently held an online chat with experts in the realm of giving. Our question: How do you know a good charity when you see it? It’s not an easy question to answer, particularly when you are focusing on organizations that work in developing countries while securing donations from people in the United States. Here are some takeaways from the chat and a few additional perspectives that might help donors think through where they put their dollars. So, how do you know a good charity when you see it? Here’s one tip: Look at a charity’s website and marketing materials. Pay attention to how the organization portrays the recipients of its aid. “They should never be represented as tragic victims or simply as happy, passive recipients of Western aid,” says Cecelia Lynch, a blogger and professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine.

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