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How to Donate to Charity

November 26th, 2012 Inspirational

If you're feeling extra generous and would like to start making a difference in peoples' lives, there's no better way to do it than to donate to a charity. Even if you don't have the financial means to donate money, you can still donate your time and effort. Here are a few do's and don'ts for donating money, as well as a few ideas for other donations, according to Health magazine and U.S. News.

Donating money
1. Do research before you decide on a specific charity to donate to. Find out how much of the money is actually being given to the charity, as some organizations use the majority of donations to fund their administrative costs and fundraising efforts, as opposed to using it to help the actual people in need.

2. Don't spread out your donations among many different charities. It's better to give more to one organization than less to several. This will ensure that the most money will be used for the cause.

3. Don't just give on the holidays. End-of-year gifts are helpful, but the timing limits the way charities can use the money. Donate year-round to ensure that there's always a steady supply of help.

Donating time
1. If you can, donate blood or sign up to become an organ donor. This gift is invaluable for people who are ill or injured, and you know that what you give will be used.

2. Start up a gift drive. Spread the word to your community about a cause you're trying to help out, then organize for necessities like clothing or canned goods to be collected and distributed to the place of your choice.

3. Volunteer in any way you can. Whether it's working at a hospital, entertaining the residents of nursing homes, working in a soup kitchen or even doing errands for an elderly person, you'll be directly making a difference.