Wise Giver Checklist
Double-check the name
Many nonprofits have similar names, and some even take advantage of that
Resist high-pressure situations
If someone is pushing you to give on the spot, be cautious
Be wary of heart-wrenching appeals
Always look for facts and figures
Ask for specifics
Is the charity helping the homeless? Find out how and where
Check the website
Does it have the mission, programs, and finances on the web? Cross-check by going to give.org
Confirm with state charity officials
In Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, nonprofits are required to register before soliciting
Confirm the tax status
Not every soliciting organization is tax-exempt. Double-check
Volunteering is an excellent way to give back, reduce stress, make friends and even develop new skills.
give your voice
Be an advocate for the cause. You have an audience at your fingertips. The world can hear you.
Maximize your donation by giving to charities who believe in your values. Be sure to know where your money is going to and how it's being spent.
Nonprofits need much more than money. Organize a donation drive. There's surely a following willing to take part.
As you can imagine, nonprofits operate on small budgets and limited resources. Use your talents and network to help out where needed.