Charities That Deserve Your Dollars

For your money to make a difference, you need to do your homework.

When Andrew Medvedev makes a donation, he wants to know exactly how much environmental good his dollar will deliver. Medvedev, a 29-year-old investment banker, looks at an organization's goals and finances to figure out which of the more than 450 green charities in the U.S. are worthy of his bucks. "If we don't have the planet, everything else is irrelevant," says the Hoboken, N.J., man, who gives 2% of his annual income to the Animal Welfare Institute, the Conservation Fund and the World Wildlife Foundation.

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