Donating to charities is a great way to share of your own wealth and give to those who are in real need of it. Here are some of the basics you should follow when donating to charities.
1. Make sure it’s legitimate
It’s sad to say, but there are loads of charity scams out there these days. So, before you give your money away, be sure that the charity is for real. Check them out online and ask around before you do anything.
2. Donate usable items
Now, I know you don’t want to give away designer label clothes or expensive furniture, but do make sure that the things you donate can actually be used by someone else. For instance, bulging cans of food are not safe for human consumption, so a food bank will not accept them. Clothes that are stained, ripped, or worn out really are not a benefit to someone else. Be sure to donate gently used, clean, and usable clothing or non-expired food, because charities are not your personal trash dump.
On a similar note, there are certain items that should only be donated if they are new. Personal items like underwear, socks, and bras shouldn’t be donated second hand.
3. Get a receipt
You may think that it’s silly, asking for a receipt for donating items. But, charitable donations are tax deductible! Second hand stores and shelters frequently give out receipts for donated goods, so they shouldn’t even bat an eye when you ask for one. So, you will not only be helping others, but you will be helping yourself as well!
4. Donate year round
Charities are heavily promoted during the holidays. It’s a hard time of year for a lot of people out there, so it’s a great time to be giving. But, charities need supplies and donations throughout the entire year as well. Give generously to those in need and donate the whole year through!