Before you donate money or goods, research the charity. Be certain that the charity is real. Several agencies offer tips, databases, and reports that help you evaluate the operation of charities:
- The Internal Revenue Service offers tax tips for donors and an exempt organization database to check the charity’s 501(c)3 status (a charity must have this number if you plan to deduct your gift on your federal taxes).
- The attorney general in your state often licenses charitable organizations. They may also have records of complaints about charities.
- The Better Business Bureau offers reports about how large charities work and use their funds.
Types of Donations
Make financial donations by check or credit card, to protect yourself from scams and help with your record keeping.
Goods and Personal Property
Some charities accept non-cash donations, such as clothing and household items. Donate items that are in good (or better) condition. Keep a list of the items you donated, for your taxes.
You can donate your car, truck, boat, or other vehicle to a charity. An organization may give a donated vehicle to someone, use it for operations, or sell it at auction. If you donate a vehicle, you will need to transfer the title of the to the charity. Also, remove license plates and registration documents before you donate the car.
You may also give other types of items to charities:
- Real Estate
The value of these items may require an expert appraisal or depend on offers to purchase the items and the timing of the donation.
Following are some of the leading cancer care organizations in the United States and Great Britain who could use your resources and support:
** Tina L. Spears, content creator of Tinaspears.com and founder of “Scarred for Life”, a life giving entity that helps those affected by cancer know that their scars are the evidence of the life that was saved and yet to live, is a proud supporter of Robert Wood Johnson at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. SBMC Cancer Center and its team of oncologists and radiologists were the hands God used to heal her of Stage One Invasive Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (HER2+). To God Be The Glory!