Bookmark These: Give 'til it helps, your taxes
By Reid Kanaley
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Charitable giving at year's end is a tradition at least as old as Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Scrooge launched some last-minute giving to square his accounts. Should you?
Investigate the financial health of a nonprofit group, read — or write — reviews of institutions you are interested in, and make donations directly from the Guidestar site. Guidestar has data on hundreds of thousands of charitable groups and says it was founded to promote financial transparency among them. One of its strongest features is quick access to the
Dealing with charitable contributions on your tax return is the subject of one of the videos the
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Want to find the biggest charities with the lowest-paid chief executive officers? Highly rated charities that depend on private contributions? Charities that routinely operate in the red or are in deep financial trouble? Charity Navigator takes the measure of 5,500 nonprofit groups that might need your gift. Click on the "Holiday giving guide" for year-end tips, including a warning to avoid spontaneous contributions based on social-media contacts, and encouragement to follow up on disaster-relief groups you contributed to during the year.
The Family Education site has advice for parents who want to teach philanthropy to their children. It recommends introducing a child to charities that address the issues that interest them, such as curing a disease, feeding the hungry, or supporting the arts or a religious group.
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