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Monday, January 2, 2017

Top 5 Tips for Your 2017 Philanthropic Endeavors from Charity Navigator

Top 5 Tips for Your 2017 Philanthropic Endeavors from Charity Navigator

We, at Charity Navigator, understand that there's a whole world to save, which is why we've outlined our Top 5 tips for charting the best course for your 2017 philanthropic endeavors.

1. First, determine what causes are most important to you. By figuring out a list of causes that you care about, you'll be able to differentiate the different needs that each cause and charity-set have and directly contribute to their specific needs.

2. Next, develop a list of charities engaged in that type of work. You'll be able to find specific charities through Charity Navigator's website, but you'll also be able to figure out which are highly-rated, which leads us to #3. 
3. Use Charity Navigator’s free website to narrow that list to just a few that are financially healthy, accountable and transparent. Charity Navigator rates charities from across the country, so chances are, we have yours listed!

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. 

  • Think about giving anonymously so that you don't end up inundated with additional appeals. 

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