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Steve Bannon, second from right, was indicted and charged on Sept. 8, 2022, with alleged money laundering, fraud and conspiracy for deceiving donors and misusing their funds for a charity. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

Donor beware: Pause before you give to any cause

While the overwhelming majority of charities are legitimate, looking into a charity before supporting it can help you avoid supporting scams and make better-informed decisions.
These charity leaders teamed up to fundraise on March 3, 2022, for refugees fleeing Ukraine. Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images

How to responsibly donate to Ukrainian causes

Give with your head, not just your heart, advises a scholar who has studied donations made after disasters and other crises.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his ex-wife, Melinda French Gates, gave their foundation $15 billion right before their divorce became final. Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty ImagesLudovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

The 50 biggest US donors gave or pledged nearly $28 billion in 2021 – Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates account for $15 billion of that total

Three scholars weigh in regarding the priorities of these wealthy American donors, who gave less to social service and racial justice groups than in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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