Hurricane Sandy: 10 Tips For Donating Smart

People wade and paddle down a flooded street as Hurricane Sandy approaches, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Lindenhurst, N.Y. Gaining speed and power through the day, the storm knocked out electricity to more than 1 million people and figured to upend life for tens of millions more. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
People wade and paddle down a flooded street as Hurricane Sandy approaches, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Lindenhurst, N.Y. Gaining speed and power through the day, the storm knocked out electricity to more than 1 million people and figured to upend life for tens of millions more. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

As the devastation from Sandy is still being assessed, charities are helping those in need of food, shelter and security.

If you're like most people, you want to support relief efforts, but with so many different options, how can you be sure you're stretching your donation dollar to do the greatest good?

Organizations ranging from humanitarian to animal aid organizations have mobilized to provide relief, and Charity Navigator has some tips on how to be sure you're giving smart.

Read about how to designate your donation for a specific purpose or how to give smart through text in the slideshow below.

Hurricane Sandy