Charities are working overtime during the holiday season, taking advantage of this critical fundraising month. Not only are people feeling generous this time of year, but it's also a good time to give for tax purposes. It's important to make sure you're giving to worthy causes that will put your donation to good use.
Verify the Charity
Charities, just like businesses, can receive an endorsement from the Better Business Bureau. To make sure that the charity you want to support meets the BBB's standards visit give.org.
Research Before Giving
Charities may solicit you through high pressure pitches, but don't give in too easily. Even if they pull at your heartstrings take some time to do adequate research.
Beware of Tricky Names
Many charities have very similar names-- and all sound legit. But rather than focus on the name, consider the facts. Find out how much of your gift will actually go towards the cause you want to support.
Evaluate the Charity's Grade
For a decade now Charity Navigator has offered free charity ratings to help donors give wisely. Around 5,000 charities currently have ratings at charitynavigator.org. Create a free account and easily evaluate up to five charities side by side.
Consider Staff Salaries
One way to determine whether a charity deserves your donation is to look at how much its' CEO earns. Charity Navigator created a list of 10 highly paid CEOs at low-rated charities. Charity Navigator says these ten organizations are cashing in at the expense of the work they claim to be doing. In each case at least 40 percent of your donation is covering fundraising and administration coasts, not actual programs and services.
By Alison Storm
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It's all treats and no tricks at many retailers this Halloween. Here you'll find a list of stores and restaurants we've comprised that are offering up special deals and maybe even a freebie or two to celebrate the spooky holiday. Keep checking back, we'll be adding new ones as we find them!
Barnes & Noble - Free Halloween storytime on 10/31/2014. Contact local stores for times.
Bass Pro Shops - Free 4x6 photos & Halloween activities for kids from now through 10/31/2014.
Chipolte - Participating restaurants are offering a $3 "boorito" to those that arrive in a costume. Offer valid from 5PM to close on 10/31/2014.
IHOP - Free Scary Face Pancake for kids 12 & under on 10/31/2014 only from 7AM to 10PM.
Krispy Kreme - Free doughnut to customers in full costume. Only on 10/31/2014 at participating restaurants.
LEGO Stores - Free Halloween sticker for kids in costume on 10/31/2014.
Outback Steakhouse - Free kids meals w/purchase of adult meal. Limited to kids 10 & under and 2 free kids meals in a visit. Participating restaurants on 10/31/2014 only.
Sonic - 50 Cent corn dogs all day on 10/31/2014.
Wendy's - Halloween coupon booklets are only $1. This book contains coupons good for free Jr. Frostys. Of special note: 90 cents of the purchase price goes to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Offer's ending is unknown.
Stores: 20x200, 6pm, Amazon, Apple Store, American Eagle, Banana Republic, Best Buy, Buy.com, Dell, Eastbay, eBags, Eddie Bauer, Endless.com, Home Depot, H&R Block, Kohl's, Macy's, Old Navy, Restaurant.com, Sandals, Shoes.com, Target, Tommy Hilfiger, Toys 'R' Us, Urban Outfitters, Wal-Mart (See more)
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