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Creative Ideas for Giving Back

Money isn’t the only way to support your community. You can donate your time and expertise as well. Find the best way to incorporate charity into your life.

How to Donate

10 Tips for Donating to Charity
Making a charitable donation not only helps those in need, it also has important tax benefits for you.

How to Sell, Swap, or Donate Clothes
Use these tips to rid your closet of clothes you'll never wear again.

6 Ways to Fit Charitable Giving Into Your Budget
You don’t have to be pulling in six figures to spend a portion of your earnings on charity. Here are some creative ways to budget in giving back.

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What to Consider When Making Charitable Donations

Whether you’re looking to spread some goodwill this holiday or to be more charitable in general, consider these five criteria when selecting a nonprofit.
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10 Free Ways to Make Charitable Donations

Use these simple ideas to make contributions to worthy causes without spending a dime.
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A List of 10 Top Charities

Ready to donate? Consider sending a gift to one (or more) of these outstanding nonprofits—each of which combines Scrooge’s fiscal discipline with Saint Nick’s generosity.
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How 5 Inspiring People Give Gifts of Time

Time is the most precious commodity; these people spend it helping others.
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Portrait of Jocelyn Allen volunteering to empower young girls

Get Your Kids Involved

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How, and Why, to Find Volunteer Opportunities for Your Kids
Follow these tips to instill a commitment to charity and volunteering in your kids from an early age.

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How to Donate Your Kids’ Toys and Clothes
Get your kids invested in donating their old stuff to make it easier on everyone.

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Home Safety Checklist

Check these hot spots to make sure your home is a safe one.

  • Check for frayed wires. Repair or replace any loose or frayed wires on all electrical devices.
  • Follow the path of cords. No cords should run under rugs or across doorways.
  • Baby-proof. If you have any small children in your house, place plastic safety covers over unused outlets.

    Related: Childproofing Checklist

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