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Tips for Donating to Charity

"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

― Mother Teresa


Financial experts offer many theories about giving to charity. Some propose applying a mathematical formula to your income to calculate how much to donate in order to get the best tax credit. Others make lists of charities deemed "the best” according to various criteria. But giving to charity is a custom as old as time, and it meets a deep human need. Here are some tips that may help you to find fulfillment – as well as tax breaks – through giving.

  1. Choose charities that you have a personal connection to. The loss of someone close to you may prompt you to work for a cancer research fund, or an organization that works to prevent suicide. You may care passionately about helping to save the elephant or your local theatre group. Follow your heart when choosing where to place your support.
  2. Small amounts are important. It’s been shown that those who have low incomes often donate a larger portion of their available funds than those who make a great deal more money. All of those small amounts add up for charities, which appreciate them greatly.
  3. If you don’t have much disposable income, donate your time and skills. Charities are often extremely grateful to have help from individuals who can keep the office running smoothly, extend their reach with social media, or help to raise funds. And if you have writing, photography, or videography talents, you can help the charity put together a cost-effective marketing package.
  4. Ask if charities will accept donations in kind. For example, one charity that makes quilts and blankets for homeless people is happy to receive donations of half-used balls of yarn or small quantities of fabric.
  5. Involve your children. Children should grow up with giving as part of their lives. Some parents advocate the "1/3 to savings, 1/3 for spending, 1/3 to charity” philosophy to help kids learn. Children especially like giving that’s tied to holidays, such as donating money or working to provide Thanksgiving meals for the needy.
  6. Do check the Canada Revenue Agency’s charity listings to ensure that the charity you choose is legitimate.
  7. Do keep your receipts. If you donate online, print the confirmation page or take a screenshot in case you need proof of donation. You can donate easily to any of thousands of charities through, which is itself a registered charity. They issue you a receipt and forward your donation to the charity you specify, less a 3% transaction fee.
  8. If you want to know more about a charity, call up a representative and ask questions about what they do. Most staffers are delighted to talk about the work of their organizations.
  9. Probably everyone you know has too much stuff, too many trinkets and tchotchkes and ties and bars of scented soap. Instead of giving useless items to friends and family on special occasions, why not donate to a charity in their names?
Remember your favourite charities in your will. Make sure your generosity will continue, even after you’re gone.
Discover more tips for donating to charity as you go along, and give all you can. It’s good for the soul – and it helps to make the world a better place!

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