Before you donate to a charity this holiday season you might want to do your homework. To make it easy, websites like CharityNavigator.org have financial information about your favorite charity.
For Zack Wilson with the High Plains Food Bank, open books and transparency are key. "You really need to research if you want to check out an organization before you donate to it and really see what they're like," said Wilson at today's Food Drive at United Market Street.
Sites like CharityNavigator are tools the Better Business Bureau supports. They even have a site of their own: Give.org "You don't want to give to charities that aren't doing well for the community because that hurts everybody including the good charities because that money is lost that could have gone to support the good charities in our area," said Joanna Kiehl, CEO of the BBB of the Texas Panhandle.
Websites like CharityNavigator.org show how every penny you donate will be used. For example the High Plains Food Bank spends 96 percent of money donated to run the program. The website even tells you how much the leadership in that organization makes. "I think that's a great idea, to be able to go online and track that kind of thing. Yeah, I think that's a great idea. I'd definitely go online and check it out," said Clint Norton, as he delivered bags of food to the Food Drive.