To donate, here's a selection of Web sites to get you started: Has charity news and information for donating online. Profiles more than 300 national and local charities that meet standards for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign. Online donating offered. Allows donations in honor of friends, families or causes. Also offers a gift registry for contributions. Has information on thousands of charities nationally. In addition, it lets people set up a "charity wish list" and figure out how donations will affect their taxes. Gives information on charities included in the Combined Federal Campaign. Offers information on volunteering and access to thousands of volunteer centers across the country that match people with charities. Has information about 25,700 charities in the Washington area. Volunteers can sign up as well. Offers information on local nonprofits and online giving. Allows donations of new and used items, which are then sold online to benefit charity.

To check out a charity before writing that check: Evaluates the finances of more than 1,700 large charities by examining their tax filings. Has in-depth reports on hundreds of charitable organizations that solicit nationally. Also has tips on how to donate wisely. Has financial records for more than 850,000 nonprofits.