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Charitable Giving Tips


In 2008, charities in America received $307 billion in donations. Unfortunately, many of the recipients of those funds were not worthy of the country’s generosity. When donating to a charity, it is important to be a smart and savvy donor in order to assure you are supporting a quality organization. Here are some tips:

  • Be proactive in your giving by identifying causes that are most important to you and your family.
  • "Eliminate the middleman" by donating directly to the charity and not via a fundraiser that calls you on the phone.
  • Be careful of sound-alike names as many charities have strikingly similar names to others.
  • Confirm that the organization is a 501 (c)(3) public charity. This also assures that your donation is tax exempt.
  • Check on the charity’s commitment to donor’s rights by making sure the organization has a donor privacy policy in place stating that the organization promises to never sell or trade your personal contact information.
  • Review copies of the charity’s financial records. The financial health of a charity is a strong indicator of the charity’s programmatic performance. The most efficient charities spend at least 75% of their budget on their programs and services. You can view a complete list of financial evaluations of over 5,400 charities by visiting Charity Navigator.
  • Start a dialogue with the charity to learn about their accomplishments and goals.
  • Concentrate your giving by finding just a few charities and supporting them over the long term.


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  1. Tom Young says:
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    Welcome to InjuryBoard Matthew. Charity Navigator provides a valuable service to charities and donors alike. Thanks for these tips.

  2. Mike Bryant says:
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    Great advice , I look forward to reading more of your posts.