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Donations to Animal Shelters

Donations to Animal Shelters

December 2016

The holidays can be a tough time for animals. Puppies may look darling with a glittering red bow climbing out of a gift-wrapped box, but gifting animals doesn’t always end well. Recipients may surrender unwanted cats and dogs to shelters. So to celebrate the holiday season, consider making a donation to an animal shelter or volunteer with an animal rescue organization that benefits our furry friends. Here are three nonprofit organizations to consider.

The Best Literacy Charities

The Best Literacy Charities

November 2016

Literacy can be the key to a brighter future. This holiday season, why not give the gift the reading? These high-performing literacy charities are changing the world, one reader at a time. And you can help in any number of ways—one-time gifts, annual memberships, stock donations, supply purchases and more. Whether you’re giving a gift in honor of a friend, or making a donation to celebrate your family’s values, these charities can make a difference with your support.

5 Charitable Celebrities Who Inspire

5 Charitable Celebrities Who Inspire

October 2016

Whether you’re looking for unexpected giving ideas or are just interested in popular culture, these philanthropic celebrities just might surprise you. Many celebs are actively involved in charities, but here are five whose generosity inspires us most.

Checking Out Your Public Library Services

Checking Out Your Public Library Services

August 2016

The Internet age has seen many brick-and-mortar bookshops and humble paperbacks replaced by online megastores and handheld screens. But libraries are still heaven for bibliophiles—in these cozy retreats from the hectic world, one can wander the aisles of Dewey Decimal-coded shelves and get lost between the physical pages.

Honoring a Loved One’s Memory

Honoring a Loved One’s Memory

Finding a meaningful way to honor your loved one’s memory can do a tremendous amount of good. Memorial gifts—whether charitable donations, scholarships, memorial walks or runs, or beautiful parks or walkways—is one way to keep your loved one’s story alive in poignant and unforgettable ways.

Here are a few ideas:

Give and Tech: Do Online Research Before Donating

Give and Tech: Do Online Research Before Donating

June 2016

Giving should make you feel good—but it can also cause stress. Are you making the right choices with your money? How do you know if a charity is reputable? What else can you do to help? And how will you keep track of all those gifts, big and small, come tax time? 

Technology can clear up some confusion. Here’s our shortlist of the best websites and apps to help you discover relevant organizations, analyze charity spending and give more efficiently.

Supporting Your Alma Mater

Supporting Your Alma Mater

Charitable giving in the United States is at an all-time high, according to the National Philanthropic Trust, and education is one of the most popular sectors for giving, second only to religion. If you hold a degree from an American university, chances are that you’ve fielded letters, phone calls and emails requesting your donation. It may be that you’ve made a pledge during a phone-a-thon or sent a two- or three-digit check in the mail. But have you mailed the big one yet?