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Several organizations are offering tips on how to donate to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts:

* GuideStar provides tips on finding the right charity for you.

* SmartMoney offers advice on how to find a charity and what kinds of donations to make.

* MarketWatch gives recommendations for avoiding fraudulent appeals for money.

* Foundation Source provided a list of six recommended relief organizations already providing services to victims.

* Youth Service America provides planning tools for young people to coordinate fundraising efforts.

* Consumer Reports WebWatch offers tips on avoiding email “phishing” scams and fraudulent charities.

* Charity Navigator, a watchdog group, provides a list of reputable charities and tips for avoiding scams.

* Bankrate.com provides tips on finding out how charities use your donations.

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