We're accustomed to turning to the Internet for all our holiday needs, from shopping to sending season's greetings. This year, think about going online to take care of another holiday tradition - those end-of-year charitable contributions. Here are some handy tools for sharing the holiday spirit:
Consider Charity Navigator a donor's handbook. In addition to information about specific U.S. nonprofits, look for their holiday giving guide, tips for donors, and other resources.
Guidestar is an extensive database of nonprofit organizations. It includes 990s, the IRS reporting form required for nonprofits with more than $25,000 per year in receipts, which disclose detailed financial information.
Finally, a good alternative to the end-of-year rush is to adopt a year-round approach. This recent Denver Post article offers some great suggestions for planning and budgeting for your charitable giving.
Happy Holidays, and thanks for visiting MarcyPhelps.com. I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014!
This originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of ResearchNOTES, a monthly email bulletin with my top tips for online research.