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How To Vet a Charity Before Donating (Tip Tuesday)

January 31, 2017 2 comments

How To Vet a Charity Before Donating

Welcome to Tip Tuesday. A how to series where I give you quick tips to make your life easier. For all Tip Tuesday features, click here.

A new year often brings with it an interest in donating to charities, either for the first time or to new ones entirely. But how do you know a charity is a good one? There’s a quick and easy free resource that can help you out: Charity Navigator.

Charity Navigator rates charities on a star scale of 1 to 4 based on how well they are run, not on what cause they support. They give them an overall score, as well as scores for finances and accountability and transparency. They also tell you exactly where they get their money from and how they spend it, both in charts and in easy to understand visualized graphs. If you register for a free account, you can also see the charity’s tax forms.

If you scroll down to the bottom of the charity’s page, Charity Navigator also tells you similar charities. Do you like this charity’s cause but not their rating? Easily find another one.

What I look for when I select a charity is that it has a 4 star rating and spends a minimum of 75% of its income on programs.

Here’s a quick example of a charity that’s been in the news a lot lately. The ACLU has a 4 star rating on Charity Navigator. They spend 84.5% of their income on programs and 99.5% of their income is from contributions, gifts, and grants.

Thanks for joining me for Tip Tuesday!

Friday Fun! (Better World Books)

Hello my lovely readers!  I hope your weeks have all been awesome.  My week was fairly busy as per usual.  I baked cookies, made pizza, had a movie marathon with a friend, and was finally forced to put my ac in thanks to the recent surge in temperature in Boston.  My cat is shedding up a storm.  She’s been loving up the extended brushing sessions she’s now getting.  She’s also been showing an intense love for water and getting wet (by repeatedly trying to climb in the shower with me).  She’s an odd duck, and I’m considering giving her a bath to help with the heat/shedding issue.  I’ll let you know if I wind up torn to shreds.

I’m finally finishing up my spring cleaning I started during vacation.  After bringing my weeded books to a local indie then posting to PaperBackSwap, I still had a few left-over.  I was pleased to discover an awesome charity that pays for the shipping so you can donate books at no cost to you–Better World Books.  Basically it’s an online bookstore that uses all their proceeds to benefit worldwide literacy and libraries.  It helps them immensely when their stock is donated.  I know most of my followers are big readers, so I highly encourage you to check them out if you’re weeding or adding to your shelves.  Both activities help out with literacy, and that just makes for a better world all-around.  (Hence the name of the bookstore, I imagine).

My weekend is going to consist of going to see Bridesmaids with a friend, some necessary clothes shopping, and a Team Unicorn gathering.  Happy weekends all!