It seems that during the holidays, more than any time of the year, our hearts are full of love and compassion for others. We desire to show our loved ones how much they are appreciated and search to find the perfect gift. We are also stirred to share the holidays and care for those less fortunate whether it be the children in our city or the animals in the shelter or the village in Africa.
Many love to give gifts to friends and family that benefit a cause about which they are passionate. Perhaps Aunt Denise loves animals. She would enjoy a gift in her name given to a national non-profit organization or the local animal shelter. Granny has always worked to promote children's literacy. She would love it if you gave books in her name to a library foundation or school.
Perhaps you would like to support a cause promoted by your favorite celebrity. Look to the Stars lists and describes such charities.
Whether you are giving $1 or $1,000, your money is valuable. Before you give to any charity, be sure to review that organization at Charity Navigator , selected as “Best Charity Review Site” by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine. Charity Navigator reviews over 5,000 charities including 13 Tulsa-based charities .
Charity Navigator has lists like “Top 10 Highly Rated Charities,” and “Ten Charities Routinely in the Red”. It also has great tips. “7 Questions to Ask Charities Before Donating,” and “What to do When a Charity Calls” are some of the topics on the home page.
Between the mailings, the commercials, the calls you receive and the requests at local stores, you will likely be trying to decide which non-profit organizations are genuine, which use your money wisely and which benefit the cause to which you are drawn. Do a little research and you will feel confident that your money is doing the most good.
Happy holidays and happy giving!
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