Right after Cyber Monday is Giving Tuesday—a day that invites all Americans to lend their time, energy and financial support to charitable organizations of all kinds. Check out suggestions for contributing in your area at the Giving Tuesday site, and for an easy way to donate to a worthy cause, call ClothingDonations.org to schedule a pickup of unwanted clothing and other items. They’ll fund local programs that benefit the nation’s veterans.
1. Do your research: What is the charity’s purpose? Does its mission meet your areas of concern/interest? Keep in mind that it’s always best to choose a local organization where your efforts have the ability to make a significant impact.
2. Ask questions: Don’t hesitate to ask questions to gain a better understanding of the organization’s profits and expenses. Be sure that the charity has a 501(c)(3) rating with the IRS. If not, it is not a non-profit organization.
3. Evaluate: Review the website closely. Also, look online for complaints, lawsuits, or derogatory news articles.
4. Get Involved: Don’t just join the cause, fight for the cause. Participate in the organization’s events, social media, and educate others on what your charity has to offer.