Charity

How to Maximize Your Charitable Donations

This time of year, and frankly all year long if you’ve donated anything to any charity ever, you’re likely bombarded with requests for donations. You might be tempted to spread your money around to several different charities. It’s a nice thought, but it’s not the best way to make the most of your donations, or a benefit to the charities. Choose Your Charities Carefully One year I received an…
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Schedule Regular Charity Donations Instead of Waiting for a Disaster

Most of us are familiar with tithing. Church members pledge to give a certain percentage of their income to the church every month. Typically it’s 10%. They ascribe to the theory that if you give to God, God will give back. There’s a certain poetry in the idea. However, even if you don’t belong to a church, you can still tithe. Just set it up yourself. Choosing Your…
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How to Join an Adopt-a-Family Program

This morning I received an email from a single mother of three who is out-of-work and struggling to pay her bills. She wanted to know how she could sign up to receive help from an Adopt a Family Christmas Programs. That email broke my heart. I did some research and sent her a few resources in her location. Unfortunately, I fear that there will be many more families…
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Donating for the Japan Disaster

Japan was the first disaster I made a donation for this year. Somehow New Zealand completely slipped my mind. Perhaps because it wasn’t in the news much. As usual, I made my donation to the Red Cross’s disaster-specific fund. They will use the funds for the response to the earthquake, except in the rare case where they receive more than they need. If that’s the case, they’ll apply…
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Give the Gift of Time this Holiday Season

My family used to go buy or make Christmas ornaments the day after Thanksgiving. Then one year we changed the plan. Our family activity included stopping by a local church for a few hours to help sort clothes from their clothing drive. It was a rewarding experience for us and a great help to the church. With so many people in need this year, the best gift you…
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Clean Out Your Closet and Donate Old Clothes to Charity

The holiday season is a great time to clean out your closet and donate your old, but still wearable, clothes to charity. As people pour into shelters to escape the winter cold, the need for clothes is ever-greater. This is also the time of year when many organizations sponsor major clothing collection drives. Here are a few tips for cleaning out the closet. Clean Out the Closet in…
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If You Have Money to Spare, Donate to Charity

Now that my husband and I are more financially secure, we’re developing a plan to donate money to charity monthly. We’ll choose 3-4 charities and rotate the money between them. Most charities are suffering right now due to the failing economy. If you have a little spare cash or creativity, you can find ways to donate to charity even in tough times. If you don’t already have charities…
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Supporting Christmas Charity Drives

Editor’s note: Many people are suffering this year, but I do not supply charity groups with lists of people who need help. I also don’t adopt families directly through this blog. If you need help, please contact a local church or your county social services department. I have disabled comments because too many people were posting personal information about their need for help. This is not a safe…
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