The holidays are right around the corner and charitable giving has always been an important part of the season. Americans donated more than $303 billion to charity last year, with a quarter of that coming between Thanksgiving and New Year's.
Charitable giving is not immune to scams. A recent report found that nearly 4000 scam websites in existence after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. How do you know if you're giving your money to a reputable charity?
The experts say don't just give with your heart. Get your head involved too.