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The phone rings, it's someone asking you to contribute to a charity. Or a person who is soliciting for a charity knocks on your door. Or you receive a letter in the mail pleading for a charitable donation.

The charity may be one you've heard of one you know nothing about. How do you decide whether to divvy up?One source of information about charitable institutions is the Wise Giving Guide published by the National Charities Information Bureau in New York City. To request a free copy, send your name and address to NCIB Wise Giving Guide, 19 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003.

The NCIB evaluates charities that operate in the United States according to nine criteria including how they use their money (i.e. the money you give them). An organization that does not spend at least 60 percent of its annual expenses for charity programs does not meet with the approval of the NCIB.

It does not generally report on religious organizations.

Also, in cases where there are local affiliates of a national organization, the NCIB report covers the national and its affiliates as a single entity only when the affiliates raise funds in the name of the national; or the national office is substantially funded by local affiliates; or the national organization controls the affiliates.

A number of national organizations with local affiliates don't meet these criteria. In these cases, request information directly from local chapters.

The following are among the charities that do not meet all the NCIB standards:

Accion International

Accuracy in Media

AMC Cancer Research Center

American Institute for Cancer Research

Asia Society

Association on American Indian Affairs

Battle of Normandy Foundation

Butterfield Youth Services

Cal Farley's Boys Ranch

Cancer Center for Detection and Prevention

Cancer Federation

Cedars Home for Children Foundation

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Choice in Dying

Christian Blind Mission International

Christian Record Services

Concerns of Police Survivors

Council for Basic Education

Cousteau Society

Diabetes Trust Fund

Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships

Ethics and Public Policy Center

FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform)

Foreign Policy Association

Fund for Peace

Heritage Foundation

Humane Society of the U.S.

International Cancer Alliance

International Center

Interracial Council for Business Opportunity

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Mays Mission for the Handicapped

Morality in Media

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

National Committee for Citizens in Education

National Council of Negro Women

National Council on Crime and Delinquency

National Foundation for Cancer Research

National Humane Education Society

National Trust for Historic Preservation in the U.S.

National Urban Fellows

North Shore Animal League

NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund

Omaha Home for Boys

Pacific Legal Foundation

Pacific West Cancer Fund

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Pediatric AIDS Foundation

People for the American Way/People for the American Way Action Fund

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Project Concern International

St. Joseph's Indian School

St. Labre Indian School Educational Association

Save-the-Redwoods League

Southwest Indian Foundation

UN Association of the U.S.A.

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World Relief Corporation of National Association of Evangelicals