According to a survey done by charitynavigator.org, charities, on average, receive 41% of their yearly donations in the last few weeks of the year. In this economy, it’s more important than ever that you make your usual year-end donations. Even if you can’t donate your usual amount this year, give what you can—individual donations make up the large majority of donations that charities receive. If donating is important to you, but has become more difficult, you can begin to budget a few dollars a month and then donate that amount after six months or a year. Remember that most donations are tax deductible, so it can be a benefit to you as well as the charity you support.
After you set aside your donation, figuring out the best charity to support can be difficult. Many charities perform better than others and use donations more efficiently and effectively. Use the following websites to ensure your donations are going to the best charities for the causes you support.