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  • 7 Things You Need to Know About Crowdfunding
    Submitted by: Jesse Campbell on September 30, 2015

    7 Things You Need to Know About Crowdfunding

    Crowdfunding is a popular way to support the creators and projects you love, but there are plenty of drawbacks to supporting an online fundraising campaign.

  • How to make giving fun for the whole family
    Submitted by: Jesse Campbell on December 03, 2013

    How to make giving fun for the whole family

    #GivingTuesday is the beginning of a season of charitable giving, but how do you get your kids involved and excited about donating their time and money?  Here are some fun ideas...

  • What to do when everyone’s asking for money
    Submitted by: sitecore\kmcgrigg on December 15, 2010

    Financial experts recommend that you create a plan for charitable giving and stick to it.

  • Charitable giving
    Submitted by: sitecore\cwilliams on February 01, 2010

    With the recent earthquake in Haiti, many people want to help a charity or group to help bring relief to this area. Images of property damage and human suffering move many to open their heart and their checkbook. The list of opportunities to give to charity is long and generous consumers should be sure that their money is doing the greatest good.

    Whether the money is to help earthquake victims or for another worthy cause, follow these tips to help ensure that you are giving wisely.

    • Do your homework. Be certain that the organization has a clear mission and identifiable goals. Research the organization’s history. For example, how long has the organization been in existence?
    • Ask questions. The more you know about the charity, the more secure you will feel about your gift. For example, what is the overhead to run the charity and do they have a track record you are comfortable with?
    • Be wary of high pressure appeals. Legitimate charities should not intimidate you into making an on-the-spot donation. Be skeptical if someone thanks you for a pledge you don’t remember making.
    • Don’t give cash. For security and tax record purposes, pay by check. Write the official name of the charity on your check and ask for a receipt. Most charitable gifts are tax-deductible if made to a qualified organization. For more information, read IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions.

    Despite the economy the past two years, personal giving is down almost 6%. Yet the greatest amount of charitable giving was not given by large corporations; a majority of funding came from donors that had a personal connection to the charity. With so many opportunities to give money and so many needy and deserving charities, it might be time to give some serious thought to how you are going to give your charity dollars in 2010.

    You may want to be a regular donor, so consider how connected you are to the charity of your choice. For example, maybe you have lost a loved one to disease and that connection increases your interest in finding a cure. If you are a parent, consider involving your children in the selection of and contribution to a charity. Involving kids in the process can teach them valuable lessons that extend beyond the value of money.

    While cash is always needed, you may also be able to give some materials things to a charity. For example, many charities will accept a donation of a car, boat, or even stocks. If you are donating household items or food, be sure to first ask your charity of choice what they need most.  For more information, read Charity Navigator's Guide to Donating Noncash Items. And remember, the gift of your time is always appreciated.
  • Regifting for a cause
    Submitted by: sitecore\kmcgrigg on December 01, 2009
    For several years now, MMI has promoted regifting as a way to save money and the environment during the holidays. This year, in honor of National Regifting Day, we’re shaking things up a bit and highlighting regifting for a cause in addition to our typical regifting exchanges.
  • Giving: I want my money to count
    Submitted by: sitecore\kmcgrigg on October 01, 2008

    I recently attended a fundraising event. Donation amounts were supposed to be confidential; however, it didn’t take much to figure out that I gave far less than the other attendees. When I got home that night, I gave the situation some serious thought. Was I cheap? Uncaring? Ultimately, I determined that it is not that I don’t give enough, but that I don’t give with purpose.

    In the past six months, I have leaked money to at least 15 charitable causes. In addition to making several monetary donations, I have sponsored runners and walkers; sold cookies; subscribed to magazines; bought peaches, apples, oranges and wrapping paper; donated supplies; made food; dialed telethons; bid in auctions; and handed out change.

    It’s not that one-off contributions are not important, but I wondered if my money couldn’t be put to better use. As it turns out, answer is “yes.” According to a study by Charity Navigator, special events are an extremely inefficient way for charities to raise contributions. And according to SmartMoney.com, it is smart to give a larger sum to one charity instead of splitting the money—it can mean the difference between making a contribution and fully funding a project.

    My goal for 2009 is to identify one or two causes that are important to my family and concentrate my giving (although this means that I will have to learn the meaning of the word “no”). With more than half a million federally recognized charities soliciting contributions, selecting a charity may be easier said than done. Fortunately, there are many organizations like Charity Navigator to help.

    Apparently, thoughtful giving is more important than ever. A survey released last week by Grizzard Communications Group found that only 13 percent of respondents expect to increase their giving for the remainder of 2008, while nearly a third admitted that they plan to decrease their giving.

    Not to open a can of worms, but I also hope to apply this approach to my gifts of time -- I seem to be leaking that all over the place too.

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