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Giving back without giving away your info


(CNN) -- This week we've seen heartbreaking images of destruction from tornadoes here in the US to another major earthquake in Nepal and for many people the first question they ask is, "how can I help?" And then maybe their follow-up question is -- can I give without getting spam in return? So what do you do?

It's a sign of the times. More people want to donate anonymously. Sometimes to avoid getting credit, but also to avoid all of the attention that can come from charities once they know you've given once -- and hope you give again.

In fact, there are new options to help you give in a way that will keep you off of charities donors lists. CNN Money outlines them for you in a new report:

One option is Apple iTunes. Right now there's currently a button that's been added to the store that lets you donate to the American Red Cross. Apple says 100 percent of your donation will go to Red Cross relief efforts in Nepal, while promising that it won't share your personal information with the charity.

There's one potential drawback. Your receipt shows an iTunes purchase as opposed to a charitable donation, if you're giving for tax deduction benefits.

Nonprofit, "Network for Good" also promises to keep you anonymous if you check the right boxes. But it takes a three to five percent cut.

And whenever you are giving to a charity, you may want to do some research. The Federal Trade Commission has a list of ways to check out if the charity is trustworthy. One suggestion it has is to search the name of the charity online along with the word complaints or scam to see what others have to say.

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