Check Out Your Charity: The #1 Thing to Look For

November 5, 2012 | By | Comments (0)

Checkbook on envelopes

Before you write a check to a charity this fall, there’s one thing you should verify. Make sure that your organization of choice has 501(c)(3) tax status from the IRS. Having this status means that they donations are used for charitable purposes; your gifts are tax-deductible; that they make their financial information public; and that there are rules governing how much they can spend to lobby the government.

The easiest way to check for 501(c)(3) status is to visit Guidestar.org and search their database.

Here are four other things to examine before sending in your donation.

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