GREENSBORO, N.C. - Seeing all this widespread damage, so many of us want to help anyway we can. But 2 Wants To Know your money is really going to help and not being scammed. So before you hand over your hard earned cash think about these things when giving in a time of crisis.

Charity Navigator says give to an established charity. They have the infrastructure and knowledge to maximize your gift.

Designate your investment. Tell them your money must go to the Matthew relief effort - not some other operation of the charity. Avoid giving to telemarketers or through e-mail. Instead ask the charities to send you written information in the mail.

Finally, don't give supplies. Charities normally have deals to get products like water and clothes at deep discounts. So it's better to give your money and let them make the purchases.

And to make it really easy for you, Charity Navigator has already done the research and found a lot of good charities to help with Matthew.

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