Give a Gift that Makes a Difference and/or Changes a Life!

I think we all have someone on our holiday shopping list who has absolutely everything and wants for nothing. If that’s the case, yet you still want to do something for this person, consider one of the amazing charitable gifting options below in their name.

The Gift of Giving

Kiva Cards

Wishbone Gift Certificate

There are so many options to choose from, it comes down to a matter of personal preference. Do your research, just make sure they are a reputable organization, and of course, make sure to do it before December 31st so you can take advantage of Uncle Sam’s gift to you , a tax deduction.

Below are a few tips on charitable giving. If you do so with both your head and your heart, your giving will warm you and others for a long time to come. Check any charity against the “Consumer Reports” of the charitable world.

• GuideStar lists 1.8 million nonprofits in its database, all of which have met IRS criteria for exempt organizations. You can check here to make sure your charity is a 501(c)(3) charity, and examine a charity’s latest tax form that it has filed with the IRS.

• The Better Business Bureau’s Start With Trust website keeps track of complaints against nonprofits, just as it does for businesses. A nonprofit that displays the BBB logo on its site has passed a rigorous screening process from the BBB.

• Charity Navigator ranks charities based on their efficiency, transparency and accountability. The rating agency gives charities up to four stars, providing an easy way to find the organizations where your contributions will be safe and effective.

• Great Nonprofits actually provides user reviews of nonprofits, which can give you a more personal view of what real people, who either donate to or receive services, think about a particular nonprofit.


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