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Test Your Vocabulary and Donate at the Same Time

Looking for a fun way to donate and kill some time online? Try FreeRice.com. The site has been around for a while, but it’s still fun to go back to. Simply answer the vocabulary questions they give you, and for answer you get right Free Rice (with the help of its advertisers) will donate 10 grains of rice to the […]

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What to Consider Before Donating on Your Smart Phone

The best thing about donating on your smart phone? It’s easy and quick. The drawback? Like with telemarketing, your full donation might not be going to the charity you want to support. The Wall Street Journal has an article today about some of the fees associated with donating via your mobile device. It might make you think twice about tapping […]

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Choosing a Charity: What’s Their Spending Ratio?

The first thing you should look for in a charity is their tax designation. (Read more about 501(c)(3) status here.) But after that how do you choose which charity to support? If you want your money to go as far as possible, find out what the organization’s spending ratio is. The spending ratio is a comparison of how much money […]

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A Free Way to Make Your Donation Go Further

Before you give money to your favorite charity, look into ways to make your donation dollars go further by checking to see if your company will match your contribution. Many companies have corporate giving programs, and support charities that the founders are passionate about or that align with the type of business it is. Frequently, they will match money given […]

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Looking for Volunteer Opportunities? Try Volunteer Match

If you’re looking for ways to give back to people in your community, but you don’t know where to start, check out the website VolunteerMatch.org. The site makes it easy to search by local opportunities to volunteer your time, or you can look for virtual volunteering gigs as well. Need a little inspiration? Check out these 5 people who give […]

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Setting Up a “Giving” Budget

In the wake of natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy, it’s important to remember to factor in charitable donations into your budget. Many financial experts recommend setting aside 2 to 3 percent of your income for charity, if you’re able to. Once you have that budget set up, it’s time to divide that money into regular contributions and emergency contributions. The […]

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Think Twice Before Donating Over the Phone

Even if you’re on the Do Not Call List, you might still get telemarketing calls from charities and non-profits requesting your donations. While this is perfectly legal, Charity Navigator recommends that you think twice before donating. Why? Because if you donate via the telemarketing call, the charity might not be getting your full donation. If they’ve hired a firm to […]

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

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 […]

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Support Your Favorite Charities for Free

There are plenty of free ways to make charitable donations out there. One way to do so is to make your online purchases work for you. By installing the Browse for a Cause plugin to your web browser, you can donate any time you make a purchase from and affiliated website. (Amazon is one of their affiliates for example.) It’s […]

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How to Avoid Charity Scams

In the wake of natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy that ravaged the East coast this week, there are a few people who try to take advantage of people’s natural inclination to give. So how do you avoid being a victim of a charity scam? Start by being wary of charities that you’ve never heard of, especially if they are soliciting […]

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