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Charitable Donations

#IceBucketChallenge: Despite Critics, You Are Helping

Sam Fiorella | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Sam Fiorella

The reality is that many who have completed the challenge have also donated to the cause. Those who have completed the task without donating have, through their online videos, raised awareness and encouraged others to donate.

Helping Kids Make a Difference

Perla Ni | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Perla Ni

We get in a particular groove, driving the kids to school, cheering them on at sporting events, helping them with homework. But are we teaching them how to pitch in and help others who are not as fortunate?

Making A Difference: The World of Giving - US Charitable Giving Increases for the Fourth Year in a Row!

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Philanthropy and charitable donations are back! Americans once again gave more in 2013 than in the previous year. As Americans, we supported causes we cared about with gifts both big and small.

Evaluating the (Nonprofit) Evaluators, Part II

Barbara Harman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Barbara Harman

There is a new kid on the block that makes it possible to check reviews on some 11,000 charities. But what exactly is being aggregated, and what are the reviewers reviewing?

Evaluating the (Nonprofit) Evaluators, Part I

Barbara Harman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Barbara Harman

Of course we should all exercise due diligence when making charitable contributions, but there is something disheartening about the focus on what doesn't work in our charity system.

The Less-Than-Charitable Cost of Tax Reform

William Daroff | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
William Daroff

Even in our fragile economy, Americans still want to give back to those who need help the most. However, charitable giving will suffer should the deduction be limited.

5 Ways to Save Cash During the 5 Days Before the Ball Drops

Adam Levin | Posted 02.25.2014 | Money
Adam Levin

The day after Christmas means a lot of different things to a lot of different people - obligatory gift returns, post-Christmas sales, pouring the last of the eggnog in your coffee, an end to holiday music in public spaces and on public airwaves.

Turn Charitable Giving Into Tax Savings This Holiday Season

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 02.02.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

During the holidays, an estimated 75 percent of Americans plan to donate to charity but what many don't realize is that they can turn their generosity into tax savings by claiming a variety of donations on their tax returns.

The Season of Giving

Anita Casalina | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

This year, have you thought about a charitable donation? Not throwing money out into the void, hoping that some good will come of it, but giving to one of the charities that are taking the new "hand-up, not handout" approach to helping.

6 Tips for Tax-smart Charitable Giving

Tim Chen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Tim Chen

What follows are some key pointers in giving to charity while also reducing your tax burden.

Stop Thinking About the Overhead Ratio

Margot Franssen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Margot Franssen

The goal of keeping your overhead low is demoralizing for NGO's, and a misguided strategy for donors. If we want to change the world we need to change the way we think about a growing sector that is well positioned to do this job.

Charity Navigator's Focus on Results Isn't a Slam Dunk

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

Charity Navigator, a web site that provides potential donors with a way to evaluate in which nonprofits to invest, has announced a shift in how it will evaluate nonprofits itself. Some nonprofits are up in arms over whether such reporting will be fair and sufficiently nuanced.

How To Get The Most Out Of Giving

meQuilibrium | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living

Giving is the antidote to stress. And while writing a check or zipping funds through the Internet is fantastic and a great way to support causes close to you in an expedient way, don't overlook the value of giving to those you feel personally connected to.

Donating To Charity Should Be As Easy As Shopping Online | Posted 08.01.2013 | Impact

Impulse donations have to be quick. A pound in the bucket is easier than a lengthy chat with a clipboard-wielding rep on the street – and the same p...

The Generation That Gives Back

Dina Khayal | Posted 09.21.2013 | Impact
Dina Khayal

Now not only do we have the ambitions, power, and mission necessary to change the world but we also have a social good platform to help navigate the world.

I Am Donating All of My Son's Birthday Presents. Indefinitely.

April McCormick | Posted 09.18.2013 | Parents
April McCormick

It was clear that at just 7 years old, this little boy knew that it is much nicer to give than to receive. While this is the first time I have ever heard of a child donating all of their birthday presents, I hope it is not the last.

Freedom From Religion

Eliot Armand Glenn | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Eliot Armand Glenn

The deductibility of donations to religious organizations creates a discriminatory religious subsidy. One is free to donate to the religion of one's choice, but government support of these donations burdens every American, even the non-religious, with support for the faith industry.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving -- US Charitable Giving in 2012 Increases Again But Slowly

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Yes, it's that time of year again when the numbers for donations in the previous year are released and everyone is wondering what happened in 2012. Did Americans make more or less charitable donations to their favorite charitable causes?

$220 Billion in Donations to Nonprofits Costs Americans $45 Billion: We Can Get Even More Social Impact for Our Dollars

Beth Sirull | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact
Beth Sirull

The idea is that by subsidizing charitable donations, we as a society are getting greater positive social impact than we otherwise would. It's logical to ask, "How can we get the most positive social impact for our money?"

Making a Difference: The World of Giving - Remember Your Charitable Donations Still Count in this Year's Tax Return

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

As many of us scurry to gather our receipts and recollect the donations we made in 2012, there is a chorus of folks who say that the predicted elimination of the deductibility of charitable donations will result in fewer people giving or people giving less. My response is that it will not.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Reexamining How We Donate to Non-Profits

Daniela Papi | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Daniela Papi

Jaded. Skeptical. A hypocrite. A hater. You get called all sorts of things when you say critical things about the international aid sector. People say...

Two Small Tax Provisions That Could Put More Money in Your Pocket

Mark Steber | Posted 03.31.2013 | Business
Mark Steber

These tax benefits embody all that is tax burden management. Neither is a big benefit, nor does either one affect "millions of taxpayers." However, if they impact you and you know about them, you will have more money in your pocket after you take advantage of them.

Tax Reform Is Irrelevant

Jim Jaffe | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

A case can be made that tax reform is the opiate of the people and their elected representatives -- a compelling topic that diverts them from the real issues like collecting adequate taxes to pay for the government services we rely on.

What Inspires Me to Give to Women and Girls

K. Sujata | Posted 02.16.2013 | Chicago
K. Sujata

The women's funding movement has had an incredible influence on how we view philanthropy, and women's movements have been a catalyst for growth within the nonprofit sector, bringing attention to issues that may not have been "mainstream problems."

Sabrina Siddiqui

Major Nonprofit Coalition Backs Obama's Plan To Raise Taxes On The Rich | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama added another powerful budget negotiation ally when one of the nation's largest and most prominent charity coalit...