Charity Evaluator Releases Holiday Giving Guide

Charity Navigator offers tips for donating to organizations.

Posted: Dec. 22, 2008, 3 a.m. EST

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Charity Navigator recently released its Holiday Giving Guide 2008. To aid in donating efforts, the nonprofit offers the following tips:

  • Get the biggest bang for your buck. Charity Navigator says it is critical that donations go to charities that will maximize the use of every dollar. Its research shows that the most efficient charities spend at least 75 percent of their budgets on programs and services while the remaining 25 percent is spent on administrative and fundraising costs.

  • Marry philanthropy and gift-giving. Consumers that buy directly from their favorite well-run charities, rather than purchasing cause-related products from retailers, make the biggest philanthropic impact, according to Charity Navigator.

  • Give to charities that help the less fortunate. Charity Navigator points out that human services charities such as food banks and rescue missions report an increase in demand for their programs as the economy continues to weaken.

  • Choose charities where the chief executive officer is reasonably compensated. The nonprofit’s analysis puts CEO pay around $150,000 or 3 percent of expenses. However, it points out that donors should also consider variables such as the charity’s location, size, mission and overall performance.

  • Donate online. Charity Navigator, which also has an online giving section, says that the Internet is one of the cheapest ways for charities to receive donations. It is less expensive than checks by mail and credit card contributions made over the phone, it says.
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Angels with Faith Ministries    winder, GA

7/5/2012 3:44:55 AM

Angels with Faith Ministries 501c3 non-profit charity kicks off our annual Christmas Angels Program on November 1st to help provide Christmas,warm clothing & Holiday food baskets to needy children & their families in Georgia.You can adopt a family for Christmas & choose to meet them & work with them personally or as a secret Santa through us or donate Toys (new & lightly used),Bikes,baby needs,warm clothing,Food for Holiday Food baskets,gift cards,computers of any kind,electronics,gifts for older children,or make a tax deductible monetary donation via paypal on our websites or by mail or in person to help provide for 100s of children in need this Christmas.We receive 100s of families each year sent to us once the bigger charities are full or stop taking applications DFCS,Toys for Tots,Salvation Army,goodwill,Empty stocking,operation Christmas Child,The miltary,churches,Schools ,caring neighbors etc.Last year we provided Christmas to over 300 families & this year we expect many many more but since we receive NO funding we rely strictly on the tax deductible donations of Angels.ALL donations are compeltely tax deductible for every cent that you spend & 100% of all donations go directly to helping those in TRUE need.We are all volunteers working to make a difference & have 0 overhead costs,we have 2 websites built & run by our volunteers & We try very hard to not turn anyone in true need away as long as they live in Georgia (any county),are not receiving Christmas assistance from anywhere else(we do check after isuues last year) & are in true financial need of christmas help but all families who are not adopted or sponsored by the week of Christmas are required to come to Winder,Georgia 30680 on a specified date to pickup thier families Christmas.We have volunteers available to pickup donations in Barrow county,Jackson County,Gwinnett county,hall county,forsythe county,Athens,Atlanta,Cobb county etc all over Georgia.Be a Christmas Angel This Year & help us Make a Difference in the lives of children who truelly deserve our help.We are a federally approved charity EIN number 27-1972461.Thank you & GOD BLESS!!

Pat    Omaha, NE

1/6/2009 6:10:23 AM


Eileen    Roanoke, VA

12/22/2008 11:10:51 AM

I run a charity and We could not do what we do if not for caring people.

Donna    Austin, TX

12/22/2008 7:20:13 AM

Excellent tips; some of them are things I wouldn't have thought of. Thank you

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