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Friday, November 30, 2018

4 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Giving Back

This guest post was written by our friends at DonorsChoose.org, the nonprofit site that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need.

Giving is an important part of your life. But how can you make sure your kids will grow up knowing how to give back? Here are four tips you can put into practice today to teach your children the importance of giving — and help them get started.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Why Millennials Need to Start Thinking About Philanthropy

Written by our friend Bruna Nessif.

The label of “millennial” can sometimes seem like a curse. We’d be lying if we said there wasn’t a slight twinge of shame for being associated as a millennial, due to the onslaught of criticism we receive, but we’d also be lying if we didn’t acknowledge the impact that we’ve cultivated as a generation.

It’s no surprise that we live in a time where those before us find solace in talking down to millennials. We’re often called entitled and spoiled. We’re told that we don’t know the value of work ethic and have no regard when it comes to putting in the time and effort to earn our place.

Sure, you’re always going to have your pick of the bunch that confirm these opinions, but for the most part, millennials are being targeted because they’ve found the courage to trek uncharted territory when it comes to both their personal and professional lives. We’re not doing it like it’s always been done, because we have the resources to try something new. So why wouldn’t we take advantage of that?

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Give Confidently on #GivingTuesday

This year, millions of people around the world will participate in #GivingTuesday by donating their time, talents, and dollars.

Will you be one of them? Learn how you can use Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator, to find a charity you can feel good about supporting. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

What is #GivingTuesday?

Thanksgiving is almost here! In two days we'll be gathering around our dining room tables to enjoy a meal with family and friends. And, just as we finish digesting, many of us will hop in our cars and head off to malls and shopping centers to participate in another great American tradition... Black Friday shopping!

Black Friday leads into Small Business Saturday, a time to shop local and support businesses in your backyard. Small Business Saturday makes way for Cyber Monday, the time when we all scour the internet looking for deals on flights and appliances. And now, Cyber Monday ushers in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back. 

But what does that mean? What is #GivingTuesday?

Monday, November 19, 2018

How Does the New Law Affect My Giving to Charity?

Many people choose to make their charitable contributions at the end of the calendar year between Thanksgiving and December 31. Our friends at the National Association of Enrolled Agents contributed this guest post to help you understand how recent changes to the tax code may affect your charitable giving.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ushered in sweeping changes to the tax code that, among other things, increased the amount of money that you can give to charity and take a deduction. Individuals may now deduct charitable contributions of up to 60% of adjusted gross income as compared to 50% last year. So why are analysts forecasting a sharp drop in charitable giving this year?

Friday, November 16, 2018

A Reflection: Why I Give Back

Can you believe Thanksgiving is already next week and the holidays are less than a month away? As we fly at lightning speed into the end of the year busyness, our friend Niki McGloster reflects on why she gives back.

Monday, November 12, 2018

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Friday, November 9, 2018

7 Philanthropic Celebs Who Set a Great Example

Some of Hollywood’s most notable names have taken it upon themselves to share the wealth--literally. 

It’s no surprise that a number of celebrities have used their respective platforms to advocate for charities and causes that they feel passionate about in order to not only help fund different movements, but also help create awareness on how others can help. While we may not have millions of dollars to donate to certain organizations, we can still get involved in our own way by taking action and diving into our own philanthropic research.

To get started, here are 7 celebrity philanthropists who are taking initiative when it comes to charitable causes.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Vote! It's An Easy Way to Support Your Favorite Causes

Tomorrow, Americans across the country will head to the polls to cast their votes for local and state representatives. Will you be one of them?

Voting is a great way to stand up for the causes that matter most to you! Here are a few resources to help you get to the polls and feel confident about your vote...

Friday, November 2, 2018

Important IRS Tips for Anyone Affected by a Disaster

None of us expect to be affected by a natural disaster. But floods, tornadoes, wildfires, and earthquakes have the ability to challenge that mentality in a moment’s notice.

Charity Navigator works closely with the IRS to ensure you have the most up-to-date information to make your charitable giving decisions, particularly in the wake of a disaster. We know that many of our users make donations to the disaster response organizations featured in our Hot Topics because they know what it’s like to be affected by a disaster, or know someone who is being affected by a current disaster.

Knowing this, the IRS has asked us to pass along this important information to our readers. If you, or someone you know, has been affected by a natural disaster please continue to reading. These tips will help you reconstruct your records to prove your losses for tax purposes, getting federal assistance, or insurance reimbursement.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Tennessee

Each week, Charity Navigator features of the highly-rated charities at work in one of the 50 states. Today, we're excited to be talking about a few of Tennessee's top organizations. The charities on this list are hard at work in communities around the state to provide for children, families, and animals in need. They deliver much-needed social services and offer unique learning and cultural opportunities.