Charity Navigator's Top 5 tips for charting the best course for your 2017 philanthropic endeavors.
1.First, determine what causes are most important to you.
2.Next, develop a list of charities engaged in that type of work.
3.Then, using Charity Navigator’s free website, narrow that list to just a few that are financially healthy, accountable and transparent.
4.Check on the charity's results by calling or visiting its website. Use our questions to ask charities as a guideline.
5.Finally, map out a plan and budget for the year.
- Consider setting aside some money for disaster giving.
- Take advantage of the convenience of monthly giving.
- Think about giving anonymously so that you don't end up inundated with additional appeals.