Good Question: How do I give and give safely?

A new Zogby poll released Wednesday says 58% of Americans will make a donation to a charity this holiday season, but while so many of them need your money, some are looking to scam you out of cash.

Good Question: How do I give and give safely?

The red kettles of the Salvation Army are a staple this time of year, but it seems they aren't quite as full.

"Our goal is $400,000. As of yesterday, we were at $197,000, so we have a lot of ground to cover," said Major Debra Ashcraft with the Salvation Army.

Major Ashcraft is just one of many non profits hoping those in the community will feel compelled to give this holiday season.

According to the website Charity Navigator donations dropped 11% in 2009 with not much hope of a bright 2010.

So what if you want to give this holiday season?

The Better Business Bureau recommends you do some homework first.

There are a number of on-line tools that are just a click away like

Its a local website that allows you to search 95 non profits.

Not sure of where you want to give, we typed in children and got dozens of hits.

You can research each and make a decision about where you want your money.

You should also ask plenty of questions if you are unsure of a charity.

First know the exact name of the charity you are giving to, many times charities have similar names, but are completely different organizations.

Don't be afraid to ask questions like how does the organization raise money.

Inquire about how your money be spent with in the charity.

All simple steps so you can feel good about giving this year.

You can also call the Better Business Bureau to inquire about an organization as well as the Consumer Protection division of the Kentucky Attorney General's office.

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