After you’ve done your research and verified the charity is reputable, you’re ready to donate. There are several ways to make a donation. You can donate by check. Make the check payable to the charity and not to the solicitor. You can bequeath funds or land as part of your will. To do so, you will want to discuss this with your attorney and with the gift officers from the organization to which you want to give. You can donate products such as computer equipment or used cars.
There are over 1.4 million charities in the United States. The internet is a great resource to evaluate charities and help you decide which groups you want to give to. Some of my favorite websites are:
- www.give.org. The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed decisions about the different charities you may be considering. The Alliance doesn’t rank charities but provides lots of information you can use.
- www.charitynavigator.org. Charity Navigator monitors and evaluates the financial health of charitable organizations and reports trends in the industry. It is America’s largest independent charity evaluator.
- www.irs.gov. This is the Internal Revenue Service website. Review Publication 526 (Charitable Contributions). Publication 526 explains how to claim a deduction for charitable contributions. It discusses the types of contributions you can deduct and what records to keep.