Smart Tzedakah: How to Evaluate Charities Before You Give
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From the introduction:
Congratulations! By picking up this little booklet, you’ve shown that you take the mitzvah of tzedakah seriously. Jewish tradition strongly encourages us to give generously. But our sages also want us to give smart. Maimonides teaches that “tzedakah should be preformed with more care than any other positive commandment.” The authoritative Shulchan Aruch rules that “A person should not contribute to a tzedakah fund unless he knows that its management is reliable and knows how to conduct the fund properly.”
Donors have a right and responsibility to know about the organizations to which they contribute and charities have a reciprocal responsibility to be transparent.
You want your donations to go where they will do the most good. This booklet is designed to help. We can’t guarantee you’ll hit the bull’s eye every time, but we think the ideas we present will help tilt the odds in your favor.