With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us feel an increasing urge to give back to our local communities by supporting charities. Money Talks News recently posted a video describing the Smartest Ways to Donate to Charities. Follow these steps to ensure the money you worked so hard for will continue working hard for those in need, and make sure to listen to the Barry Birr Show on KFEQ 680AM at 9:30 a.m., Monday, November 18th to hear Dan discuss this topic further.
1. Choose a charity whose mission aligns with your passion, whether the assistance includes serving hot meals, helping families get back on their feet, counseling for crisis management, or providing shelter or supplies.
2. Research to find the most efficient charity to meet your goals. Recommended websites include Charity Navigator, the Better Business Bureau, Guide Star, and Charity Watch. Find out how much of every dollar raised goes back into the charity program, and donate to the ones with higher percentages.
3. Give directly to the charity. Do not donate through an agency or telephone solicitors, as they usually keep a large portion of the donations they collect.
4. Get yourself involved and donate your time in addition to your money. Lending an actual helping hand not only aids others in need, but it can also be very rewarding.