The devastation in Haiti is agonizing to see. Most of us want to contribute in some way to help. Please be sure that your donation goes to a legitimate charitable organization and gets to Haiti to help those who need it most. If you are unsure which organizations are worthy of your support, take a look at this article “How to Spot Dubious Haiti Charity Pleas” on Forbes.com. Thursday, January 07, 2010 10:55 PM

We and many of our fellow consultants are often asked to help people create new nonprofit organizations. One of our esteemed colleagues, Don Greisman, has written a splendid article on why in most cases this is NOT a good idea and suggests alternatives. If you or someone you know is toying with this idea, reading this thoughtful article is a must.

By Gail Meltzer