As you sit down to enjoy a holiday meal with your family, it's natural to be grateful for what you have. It's equally natural to feel concern for those who do not have access to food during the holiday season. According to a Harris Interactive Poll conducted on behalf of World Vision, 68 percent of American adults have given a charitable gift.
If you are one of the 68 percent, you have several ways of giving. The Chronicle of Philanthropy conducted a study that included 115,000 nonprofits, finding that online donations grew 14 percent between 2011, and 2012. In 2012, $2.1 billion were donated via the Internet.
Internet giving begins by determining the food charity to which you'd like to donate. According to the financial publication Main Street, many charitable organizations are honest about the percentage of donations collected that actually go to helping the hungry, while other are woefully inefficient at making sure the money goes where it should. If you have any questions about a particular organization, you can check out Charity Navigator, a nonprofit website that sheriffs charity expenses by looking at their IRS statements and assessing how well a charity runs itself.
If you're concerned about Internet security as you donate, you can learn more about cybercrimes and how to protect yourself at LifeLock. In the meantime, the FBI says there are a number of things you can do in order to make to make your online giving more secure.
Some charities are easy to spot by reputation, while others are hidden gems.