Be The Best Voluntourist You Can Be: Websites Rank Charitable Organizations

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The idea of voluntourism—traveling to both visit a new place and volunteer our services to a charitable organization—becomes increasingly appealing as the current economy imparts more than its share of guilt over idle, indulgent vacations.

But it’s all too easy to think we’re being voluntourists when we’re actually tourists being gouged for donations. The Wall Street Journal has compiled a handful of websites that examine the financial health of charities and nonprofits and make sure that they’re going to be solvent in the future, and that the money and time we give them will be used effectively.

The favorite charity screeners are:

CharityNavigator.org

GuideStar.org

The Better Business Bureau

Before you head off with an open wallet and capable hands, be sure that your time and money truly are making a difference.

WSJ.com: How To Vet A Charity

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