David Niven Jr. Answers 20/20 Viewers' Questions

What charities do you give to? Do you have any suggestions on what groups I could give to? I do not want to pay administration charges, I want to give to a charity that will get the money.

-- David Goodsell, Keller, Texas

David, I give to causes that support the well being and safety of children, especially inner-city children. I would suggest you find an organization with a mission that is close to your heart. You can always stipulate that your donation cannot go to administration overhead and must only go toward the direct cost of whatever materials it disperses.

Do these people pay taxes on their gifts at least? Or all they all written off?
-- Darryl in Baltimore, Md.

Darryl, I have no idea if these people pay taxes on gifts they received. I would assume they did as the tax law requires one to declare all forms of income, gifts, tips etc. If they broke the law then they run the risk of going to the slammer.

I would like to know if a list exists naming the stars who demanded money or perks to appear for "charity". I go to a lot of movies and don't want to support any actor who could stoop so low. Thank you.
-- Lucy Powers, Townsend, Del.

Lucy, I agree 100 percent with your position. When I was chairman of RADD we never gave money to stars for appearing at a charity event and NEVER would have -- I find the thought totally wrong, despicable and it's irresponsible for a non-profit to participate. No star ever approached me or RADD for money. I have not read Aaron Tonken's book, but I gather he names numerous individuals -- you might like to get a copy and be more enlightened -- hopefully your favorite talents are not mentioned.

Not a question, a comment, Mr. Niven, seeing you was like looking at your dear father again, You are the spitting image of him. I enjoyed all of his movies, and I think you're a cutie.
-- Gloria Green, Texas

NIVEN: Gloria -- how sweet of you !!

For More Information

The following sites offer advice on evaluating organizations and determining which groups will put your financial support to good use.

* The Better Business Bureau offers Tips on Giving at this Web address: http://www.give.org/tips/index.asp.

* Guidestar.org offers extensive information about the nonprofit sector as well as tips for giving at this Web address: http://www.guidestar.org/learn/index.jsp

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