Charitable Giving during the Holidays

 Charitable Giving during the Holidays

How to be sure your contribution really makes a difference

 

This holiday time of year we are all more aware of the many needs in our community and around the world.  We want to help, but with so many different charities seeking our good will, how do we choose?  There are familiar charities that have been around for a long time, there are new charities, then there are the unsolicited phone calls or emails.  Most are legitimate, but some are outright scams to get our money, or worse, our identity.

When considering your charitable giving this year, let your conscience be your guide in choosing a charity that seems appropriate for you.  Of course, you’ll want to feel your money and efforts are truly going where you want them to. Charity Navigator has become the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. They have examined tens of thousands of non-profit financial documents and use this knowledge to develop an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system to assess over 6,000 of America’s best-known and some lesser known, but worthy, charities.

Their ratings show you how efficiently a charity will use your support, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices and openness with information.

Charity Navigator accepts no funding from the charities that they evaluate, ensuring that their ratings remain objective. Furthermore, in our commitment to help America’s philanthropists of all levels make informed giving/ social investment decisions, they refuse to charge users for this data.  Visit Charity Navigator online.