Get Involved in Charity: Make a Difference this December
Every month is a good month for giving to charity. But here are some ways to reach out this December:
Giving Tuesday (December 2)
A whopping 10,000 organizations will take part in Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday, @GivingTues) this December 2 (Today!). The celebrations started in 2012 as a joint venture between the United Nations Foundation and the 92nd Street “Y” in New York, and was mostly promoted online, including as a trending topic on Twitter. The idea of Giving Tuesday extends Thanksgiving as a day of giving thanks, into another day of giving; therefore, December 2 is dedicated to global awareness of generosity.
Matthew Bishop, a Giving Tuesday co-founder, is the US Business Editor and Bureau Chief of The Economist. He reports donations on the last Giving Tuesday increased by 260%. The UNselfie movement has also tied in to Giving Tuesday. (The UNselfie movement includes taking a picture of yourself showing a message about a cause you believe in or care deeply for.) Through social media, the ability to affect and educate millions of people about global generosity has been successful.
Charity Donations and Taxes (all of December)
Tax season is just around the corner, and in order to take advantage of tax-deductible donations for 2014, anyone who itemizes deductions should make their donations by December 31.
Charity donations will not only help you on your taxes, but also help a deserving organization.
IRS Publication 526 explains criteria for tax–deductible contributions and donations. Generally, if an organization is listed with a 501c3 status, your donation to it is deductible.
Some large-name charities that you can receive a deduction for contributing to include:
Volunteer or Donate to a Shelter or Food Bank (all of December)