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Making charitable donations can be fulfilling and also help your bottom line. Not only do you get to support causes that are important to you, but you can help reduce your taxable income.

Unfortunately, many bad actors are posing as reputable charities, and it’s up to you to protect your money. Luckily, there are ways to spot a scam and ensure the charity you’ve chosen is legitimate. Here’s how to make sure your next contribution is going to a good place.

Read the full article in the Finances FYI section of The Seattle Times, sponsored by 1st Security Bank.