With Halloween just around the corner, it also means that the season of giving is practically upon us, so many of us are starting to think about ways we can give.
Well, without wanting to sound like a Scrooge, the fact of the matter is that there unfortunately are many scammy operations out there, or even simple red tape or massive overhead costs that makes it more difficult than ever for your money to actually reach those in need.
So my next few posts will be dedicated to some easy advice on how we can do the best we can to make sure what we give goes to those who really need it.
To start off, here are 4 simple tips when giving to charity:
1. Double check NAME of the charity. Some may just be named that way to confuse you to think it is a well-known charity with a similar name. Check their credentials online and visit the place yourself if possible. Other good ways to check out a charity is through your local charity registrar and or with the local better business bureau.
2. Remember that giving to charity is tax deductable. Keep records of all your charitable donations as well as costs you may have incurred while volunteering.
3. Always give by cheque – and make it payable to the charity, never to an individual. Stay away from cash donations.
4. When receiving an appeal in the post – check to see if there is the name and address of a reputable charity, and what they are already doing to solve the problem. Be wary of sob stories.
[tags]charity tips,investigating charities,donating tips[/tags]
Originally posted on September 17, 2010 @ 3:44 pm