Myths and Misconceptions About Charity (Testing Updates) (1)

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There are many good reasons to donate to effective charities, but potential donors can be dissuaded by certain persistent myths and misconceptions about the impact of charitable giving. This page contains a collection of common myths. Many of them contain elements of truth, but they are ultimately false or misleading. To learn why, click on each myth for more information.

Taking time to learn the facts will help prevent the spread of misinformation and inspire more people to use their resources effectively to improve the world. You can continue learning from our list of relevant resources. Join the Giving What We Can community for events and meetups with like-minded people.

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