donations http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5172/all en-US 10 Ways to Give Back on #GivingTuesday Without Breaking the Bank http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-give-back-on-givingtuesday-without-breaking-the-bank <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-give-back-on-givingtuesday-without-breaking-the-bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-597674192.jpg" alt="give back on giving tuesday without breaking the bank" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Get out your wallet and warm up your charitable spirit because #GivingTuesday is right around the corner. This worldwide day of philanthropy takes place on November 29th, (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving) and marks the start of the charitable giving season. In 2015, over 700,000 people in 70 countries participated in <a href="https://www.givingtuesday.org">#GivingTuesday</a>, giving $116 million in online donations. However, in a time when money is tight due to holiday expenses, finding the funds to make donations can be challenging. The good news? You can still participate and get in the charitable spirit.</p> <p>Here are 10 ways you can give on #GivingTuesday without breaking your budget.</p> <h2>1. Use Philanthropic Apps</h2> <p>Put your smartphone to good use and download apps that can help you give back without spending a dime! If you are active, download <a href="http://www.charitymiles.org">Charity Miles</a>, <a href="http://resqwalk.com/">ResQWalk</a>, or <a href="http://www.wooftrax.com/">WoofTrax</a> to have the miles you walk or run earn money for charity. Or if you love taking photos, use the <a href="http://donateaphoto.com/en_US">Donate a Photo</a> app to share your photos and have $1 per photo be donated to charity.</p> <h2>2. Donate Your Rewards</h2> <p>If you earn rewards through loyalty programs or credit cards, why not use your points for good? Donate your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-or-donate-your-airline-miles">frequent flyer miles</a> that are about to expire to charity, or if you have a rewards credit card, you may be able to use your points to donate to charity. Some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-that-give-back-to-charity?ref=internal">credit cards even give to charity</a> when you sign up, or use your card.</p> <h2>3. Shop Socially Conscious Companies</h2> <p>Do some research before you start your holiday spending and give your business to companies that give back. For example, when buying a new pair of shoes for your kids, buy from <a href="http://www.toms.com">TOMS</a> to ensure that for every shoe you buy, one is given to someone in need. Or, if you have holiday travel plans and need a pet sitter, booking one through <a href="http://www.sittingforacause.com">Sitting for a Cause</a> (which, full disclosure, I own and operate) ensures a portion of the money you spend on your pet's care helps homeless animals.</p> <h2>4. Ask Your Employer About Charitable Benefits</h2> <p>Find out if your employer offers donation matching, and if they do, have them match any charitable contributions you make. Or see if your employer offers paid volunteer hours so you can give your time to a worthy cause. If your employer doesn't offer these programs, bring them up at your next review and see if you can get either option added to your benefits package.</p> <h2>5. Give Through Decluttering</h2> <p>Take a few hours to do declutter your home and get rid of items you no longer use. Have old blankets or towels? Donate them to your local animal shelter. Have tons of books collecting dust? Donate them to the library. Are extra clothes taking up space in your closet? Donate them to Goodwill.</p> <h2>6. Purchase Through AmazonSmile</h2> <p>Almost everyone uses Amazon to shop these days, but the next time you decide to make a purchase through Amazon, use&nbsp;<a href="https://smile.amazon.com/">AmazonSmile</a> instead. You can select a charity you'd like to benefit from your purchases and each time you make an eligible purchase, .5% of your payment will be sent to your designated charity.</p> <h2>7. Give Your Expertise</h2> <p>Are you a superstar at social media, a pro at photography, or a whiz at writing? Use your expertise to help one of your local nonprofits. It's not uncommon for a charity's resources to be limited, so helping with their social media, contributing to their blog, or offering to take photos at their events (or for animal shelters, taking photos of their adoptable pets) can have a positive impact on their success.</p> <h2>8. Become a Foster Parent</h2> <p>If you have the emotional stamina, open up your home to a child or animal in need. Foster homes are always needed for children or pets who are waiting to find permanent homes. Especially when it comes to animals, having a foster home alleviates the stress of being in a shelter and opens up space for another pet to wait for their home, so you've helped save two lives instead of just one!</p> <h2>9. Give Parts of Yourself</h2> <p>Do you have long hair? Are needles not at all scary to you? Then give to help others! Charities like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wigsforkids.org/donate-hair">Wigs for Kids</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.locksoflove.org/">Locks of Love</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://pantene.com/en-us/brandexperience/prepare-your-hair">Pantene Beautiful Lengths</a> are always looking for hair donations to make wigs for those in need. Alternately, you can head to your local hospital or participate in a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.redcrossblood.org/">Red Cross blood drive</a> to donate blood or platelets.</p> <h2>10. Volunteer</h2> <p>When money is tight, the simplest way to give back is by donating your time to a worthy cause. Volunteers are often the backbone that keep nonprofits running, so by taking the time to volunteer, you are enabling the cause you work with to keep making a difference.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-give-back-on-givingtuesday-without-breaking-the-bank">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-where-you-can-always-shop-for-a-worthy-cause">20 Places Where You Can Always Shop for a Worthy Cause</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spot-a-charity-scam-from-a-mile-away">How to Spot a Charity Scam From a Mile Away</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-charities-you-can-trust-with-your-holiday-donations">8 Charities You Can Trust With Your Holiday Donations</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-charitable-donations-that-do-the-most-good">The 5 Charitable Donations That Do the Most Good</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-make-these-11-easy-donations-before-time-runs-out">You Should Make These 11 Easy Donations Before Time Runs Out</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Shopping charitable giving charity donations fostering Giving Back giving Tuesday Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:00:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1839209 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's How to Deduct Charitable Donations on Your Taxes http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-deduct-charitable-donations-on-your-taxes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-to-deduct-charitable-donations-on-your-taxes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_donating_clothes_000023595527.jpg" alt="Woman deducting charitable donations on her taxes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Donating to a reputable charity is a great way to help organizations that provide assistance to the less fortunate. As a bonus, these charitable contributions can also leave you with a smaller bill come income-tax time, since the IRS allows you to deduct a portion of your yearly charitable contributions on your federal income taxes. This means that your generosity can leave you owing fewer dollars to the IRS on April 15. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-important-tax-changes-for-2016">5 Important Tax Changes for 2016</a>)</p> <p>But as with most matters involving the IRS, there are rules you need to follow when claiming charitable contributions. And if your charitable deductions seem overly high for your income? That could trigger an audit.</p> <p>The rule for charitable contributions, both cash and non-cash, comes down two simple principles: Don't lie about how much you're giving as a way to claim a bigger deduction. And when you do make your contributions, make sure to get receipts &mdash; and in some cases, appraisal letters &mdash; that verify your donations.</p> <h2>Be Honest</h2> <p>Bill Farmer, owner and president of HTI Tax Service in Lexington, Kentucky, gives this example: He recently worked with a couple who wanted to claim more than $11,000 in cash charitable contributions on a combined yearly income of just $61,000. The couple also had mortgage statements showing that they had paid more than $10,000 in interest and another $2,500 in taxes on their home.</p> <p>Those three numbers alone &mdash; mortgage interest, taxes, and charitable contributions &mdash; equaled more than a third of their income, an unrealistically high amount. The couple also wanted to claim an additional $10,900 in contributions to Goodwill on top of this figure.</p> <p>Farmer correctly told the couple that for donations of more than $5,000, they'd need to provide not only receipts for their charitable contributions but also a written appraisal stating how much the donations were actually worth. When the couple heard that, they asked Farmer to instead list their donation to Goodwill as $4,999, just under the limit.</p> <p>&quot;They were begging to get audited,&quot; Farmer said.</p> <h2>Common Mistakes</h2> <p>Unfortunately, such moves aren't that rare. Eric Meermann, a certified financial planner and portfolio manager with Palisades Hudson Financial Group's Scarsdale, New York office, said that charitable contributions are often a red flag when it comes audits. This is especially true for those contributions that are non-cash, such as when filers donate old clothing to the Salvation Army and claim that the donations are worth $4,000.</p> <p>&quot;Charitable contributions are open to mistakes,&quot; Meermann said. &quot;If you donate a bunch of shoes to the United Way, how do you come up with an accurate value for that? The key is to be reasonable.&quot;</p> <h3>Cash Donations Are Easiest to Deduct</h3> <p>The IRS' rules for governing charitable contributions are rather strict, but cash contributions are easier to handle. If you write a check to a charity or make a donation to one with your credit card of less than $250, you'll need a receipt showing the date and amount of your contribution. If you don't have that, you can also rely on a cancelled check, credit card statement, or other bank record showing that you made the donation.</p> <p>You won't have to attach this receipt or other documents to your income-tax return. But you will need these documents if the IRS later asks you to verify your contribution.</p> <p>For a cash contribution of $250 or more, you don't have this leeway: You must get a written receipt from the charity describing your donation. Canceled checks or credit card statements aren't enough.</p> <h3>Non-Cash Contributions Are Tricky</h3> <p>Non-cash contributions are more complicated. For non-cash donations of up to $250, you'll need a receipt from the charity showing that you actually made the donation. The receipt must state the date and location of your donation, the name of the organization, and a description of what you donated. You won't have to attach this receipt to your income-tax returns, but you will need it if the IRS contacts you later asking for proof of your charitable donations.</p> <p>If your non-cash donation is more than $250, you'll again need a receipt from the charity that describes what you are donating. But this receipt should also list whether you received any goods or services from the charity in exchange for your donation. The receipt must list the goods or services that you received and provide an estimated value for them.</p> <p>If you donate more than $500 of non-cash contributions in a calendar year, you must also file IRS Form 8283 Noncash Charitable Contributions with your income taxes. If the total value of your gifts is less than $5,000, you'll only have to fill out Section A of this form.</p> <h3>Really Big Contributions Require More Paperwork</h3> <p>If you are making a big contribution of more than $5,000, you'll need an appraisal letter. This holds true whether you are giving away a single item worth more than $5,000 &mdash; such as a valuable painting &mdash; or several items that totaled together equal more than $5,000, such as boxes of antique plates from your attic.</p> <p>The person writing your appraisal letter must be a professional that the IRS lists as a &quot;qualified appraiser.&quot; This professional must sign the Form 8382 that you attach to your income taxes.</p> <p>If the IRS should send you a letter asking for proof of your charitable contributions, don't panic. Meermann said that if you do have verification of your donations, and you were honest about what you gave, you should have no worries.</p> <p>&quot;It's completely normal for the IRS to ask filers about their charitable contributions,&quot; Meermann said. &quot;It doesn't necessarily mean anything bad is going to happen to you.&quot;</p> <p><em>Have you ever run afoul of the IRS' tax and charity rules?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-deduct-charitable-donations-on-your-taxes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-common-tax-mistakes-we-need-to-stop-making">5 Common Tax Mistakes We Need to Stop Making</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-way-to-avoid-a-tax-audit">The Easiest Way to Avoid a Tax Audit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-freelancers-and-side-giggers-need-to-know-about-income-taxes">What Freelancers and Side Giggers Need to Know About Income Taxes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-the-irs-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about-them">6 Things the IRS Doesn&#039;t Want You to Know About Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-great-places-to-get-free-tax-advice">6 Great Places to Get Free Tax Advice</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Taxes audits cash charitable deductions contributions donations IRS Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:00:05 +0000 Dan Rafter 1653875 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Sell or Donate Your Airline Miles http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-or-donate-your-airline-miles <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-sell-or-donate-your-airline-miles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid_dressed_as_pilot_000036134522.jpg" alt="Child learning how to donate or sell his airline miles" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you have a bunch of airline miles that you're not going to use? Hoping to get rid of them or help someone less fortunate? You've come to the right place. Here are six different ways that you can part with your hard-earned miles without violating the frequent flyer terms and conditions of airline loyalty programs.</p> <h2>Donating Miles</h2> <p>Good for you! You've decided to use your airline miles for a greater purpose. Note that donating your miles truly is an act of charity &mdash; that's because the IRS considers airline miles a gift to you from the airline, and donated miles are therefore not tax deductible.</p> <h3>1. American Miles for Kids in Need</h3> <p>(1,000 Miles Minimum Donation)</p> <p>Your AAadvantage Miles can be used to give an advantage to children and families in need of help. American Airlines supports a variety of child and family focused charities including Miles of Hope, Miles for Kids in Need, and more.</p> <p>Through these programs AA focuses on food, clothing, shelter, health, education, and employment. Their goal is to benefit organizations that provide a strategic focus on children and/or those afflicted by unexpected adversity.</p> <p>For more information, call 1-800-882-8880 or visit <a href="http://hub.aa.com/en/ju/donate">American's Giving webpage</a>.</p> <h3>2. United Charity Miles</h3> <p>(500 Miles Minimum Donation)</p> <p>United Airlines works with a number of charities that focus on youth, humanitarian, health, community, and military aid. There are nearly 50 charities to choose from including American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Americares, and many more.</p> <p>Check out the <a href="https://secure.unitedmileageplus.com/CharityMilesSSO.jsp">United donation page</a> for the full list of Charities.</p> <h3>3. Delta Donate Miles</h3> <p>(Minimum Donation Varies by Charity)</p> <p>By donating your Delta Miles you can help children and animals in need, struggling communities, and breast cancer patients. Delta has a wide variety of wonderful charities to choose from, but each one has its own minimum donation requirement.</p> <p>With charities in the U.S., Latin America and around the world, you can put your points where they are needed most. Head to <a href="http://www.delta.com/buygftxfer/displayDonateMilesLatAm.action">Delta's Donate Miles</a> page and check out their comprehensive and well-organized list of charities which include Make A Wish, Habitat For Humanity, UNICEF, and many more.</p> <h3>4. JetBlue True Giving</h3> <p>(500 Point Minimum Donation for most Charities)</p> <p>You can use your TrueBlue points to contribute to great causes all around the world. When you donate your points, they'll go directly to your chosen charity, and in turn, they will be able to use the points for JetBlue flights to help their cause.</p> <p>With many different charities aiming to help youth, education, families, communities, and the environment, you'll be able to donate your points to where they are needed most. Points can be donated locally or globally to more than 2.5 million causes in the True Giving database.</p> <p>Visit <a href="https://trueblue.jetblue.com/web/trueblue/charity">JetBlue's Charity Page</a> for a full list of programs and start making a difference today.</p> <h2>Trading or Transferring Miles</h2> <p>Most programs will allow you to gift miles to other users. Check with your program&rsquo;s options for transferring miles. If that&rsquo;s not available, there are still other ways to move your points.</p> <h3>5. Redeem or Transfer Miles Through Points.com</h3> <p>You can trade miles with other frequent flyers through <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-11373616-1368501104000">Points.com.</a> You can also transfer miles between frequent flyer programs, or redeem miles into Paypal credit, merchandise, dining, or gift cards.</p> <p>This may sound a lot like bartering miles, but airlines are okay with customers using Points.com because when you trade on this site, they're collecting fees every step of the way.</p> <p>While it is perfectly acceptable to trade your points in at Points.com, it's definitely not the best way to redeem them. You will not get as much as your miles are worth and you will be charged hefty fees, similar to the ones that airlines charge.</p> <p>If your miles are about to expire, or you're sure that you'll never use them, then this service could be right for you. But if you can use them on travel, you'll get much more bang for your buck.</p> <h3>6. Book Awards Tickets for Your Family &amp; Friends</h3> <p>Technically this is still a grey area when it comes to frequent flyer program regulations, but it is perfectly okay to fly your friends and family using your points, if they just so happen to give you something in return at the same time, that's a complete coincidence... right?</p> <p>Spending your miles on friends and family is a great way to use miles that would otherwise expire.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-with-airline-companion-tickets-and-3-bad-ones">Best Credit Cards that Offer Companion Tickets</a></p> <h2>The Bottom Line</h2> <p>I personally have never (and will never) sell my air miles to a broker and neither should you. There are just too many risks:</p> <ul> <li>Ticket confiscation;</li> <li>Reservation cancellation;</li> <li>Confiscation of all accumulated miles on your accounts;</li> <li>Strongly worded emails and accusations;</li> <li>Ban from rewards program.</li> </ul> <p>You can trade in your miles, use them to help make the world a better place, or fly your family and friends around the planet for a visit. Don't ever let your points go to waste. Use Points.com or credit card donation services to ensure that you're making the most of your unused miles.</p> <p><em>Have you ever donated or transferred airline miles?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-or-donate-your-airline-miles">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls">How One Man Used Credit Card Rewards to Go to the Last 11 Super Bowls</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">The Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-and-sell-airline-miles">How to Buy and Sell Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles">5 Best Credit Cards that Transfer Points to Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel airline miles charity donations rewards Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:00:46 +0000 Nick Wharton 1578552 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Charitable Donations That Do the Most Good http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-charitable-donations-that-do-the-most-good <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-charitable-donations-that-do-the-most-good" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl_thank_you_000020658220.jpg" alt="Girl holding thank you sign for charity" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to be as wealthy as Bill Gates to do good with your money. If fact, you can make quite a big splash in this world even if you can only afford to give a relatively small sum. The key is <a href="http://time.com/money/3611880/charitable-giving-tips-advice-katherina-rosqueta/">finding charity organizations</a> that are using your money to the maximum effect. But with more than one million nonprofits registered in the U.S., it can be difficult to determine which ones will use your donation in a way that&rsquo;s most impactful. Lucky for you, we&rsquo;ve done the homework &mdash; read on for our roundup of the charities that will give you the biggest bang for your buck.</p> <h2>1. Compassion International</h2> <p>In an in-depth analysis by Charity Navigator, this Christian child advocacy ministry earned the most consecutive four-star ratings, demonstrating <a href="http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&amp;orgid=3555">fiscal excellence over time</a>. That means the Colorado-based youth services charity is well-positioned to pursue and achieve long-term change; every dollar donated to Compassion International is well spent.</p> <p>Founded in 1952, Compassion launched with a mission to provide Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education, and health care, as well as Christian training. Today, the organization aids more than 1.5 million children in 26 countries. You can donate in many ways, including via a $38 a month <a href="http://www.compassion.com/compassion/sponsor_a_child.htm">child sponsorship</a> that provides health care, hygiene training, supplementary food, personal attention, guidance, and an opportunity to learn about Jesus. Compassion even organizes visitation trips for donors who want to see first-hand how their money is saving a life.</p> <h2>2. Carnegie Institution for Science</h2> <p>Ranking second in Charity Navigator&rsquo;s four-star rating is <a href="http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&amp;orgid=3424#.VQc_D47F98F">Carnegie Institution for Science</a>, which funds research in the earth, space, and life sciences. Headquartered in the nation&rsquo;s capital, the 110-year-old nonprofit is dedicated to scientific discovery. Some of its greatest accomplishments include providing support to Edwin Hubble, who revolutionized astronomy with his discovery that the universe is expanding and that there are galaxies other than our own Milky Way, and the work of Andrew Fire, who won the Nobel Prize in 2006 for his and his colleagues&rsquo; discoveries related to <a href="http://firelab.stanford.edu/">gene silencing</a>. Through Carnegie Science&rsquo;s research support program, donors can choose to <a href="http://carnegiescience.edu/support/giving/research">fund specific research projects</a>, which helps make the giving process all that more personal.</p> <h2>3. Development Media International</h2> <p>Of the six million children under the age of five who die each year, two out of three could have remained healthy if their families made use of simple, inexpensive, or free interventions like hand-washing and anti-malaria bed nets. Development Media International is trying to fix this by using television and radio campaigns to spread these public service messages. So far it&rsquo;s working &mdash; DMI&rsquo;s media campaigns are actively reducing the global child mortality rate. In fact, the charity has the potential to prevent nearly 23% of all future child deaths, according to some forecast models, which has helped earn DMI a spot at the top of The Life You Can Save&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/Where-to-Donate/Development-Media-International">recommended charity list</a>. Previous successful public service campaigns launched by DMI include those targeting leprosy, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and tuberculosis abroad.</p> <h2>4. Brother&rsquo;s Brother Foundation</h2> <p>Since 1958, Brother&rsquo;s Brother has delivered food, medicine, and educational supplies to people impacted by disease, poverty, and natural disasters &mdash; all from its humble headquarters in a run-down neighborhood in Pittsburgh. This family-run foundation is at the forefront of Forbes&rsquo; all-star list of the most committed, <a href="http://www.forbes.com/companies/brothers-brother-foundation/">financially efficient charities</a> in America. Over <a href="http://brothersbrother.org/bbfstats/">99% of all donations</a> to Brother&rsquo;s Brother go to those in need, making this charity a great place to donate your hard-earned money. With just 16 full-time employees and $245M in annual donations, Brother&rsquo;s Brother last year shipped 4,821,381 pounds of goods to 60 countries, including people affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.</p> <h2>5. PetSmart Charities</h2> <p>When it comes to animal welfare charities, <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/12/best-and-worst-charities-for-your-money/index.htm">PetSmart is ranked highest</a> by the three major charity watchdogs: the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, and CharityWatch. That&rsquo;s because the Phoenix-based charity has excellent ratings when it comes to financial efficiency, accountability, and transparency &mdash; the most important indicators of whether you should donate to a particular charity. In 2013, PetSmart used 90 cents of every dollar received to help save 400,000 animals by moving them out of shelters and into loving homes. PetSmart also spays and neuters about 285,000 animals annually, and funnels millions of dollars to animal welfare groups across the nation. As a donor, you can give money, or instead adopt a pet, thereby helping PetSmart achieve its goal of giving every animal a loving home.</p> <p><em>What&rsquo;s your favorite charity </em>&mdash;<em> and why?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-charitable-donations-that-do-the-most-good">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-give-back-on-givingtuesday-without-breaking-the-bank">10 Ways to Give Back on #GivingTuesday Without Breaking the Bank</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-be-a-better-person-today">25 Ways to Be a Better Person Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-or-donate-your-airline-miles">6 Ways to Sell or Donate Your Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-where-you-can-always-shop-for-a-worthy-cause">20 Places Where You Can Always Shop for a Worthy Cause</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spot-a-charity-scam-from-a-mile-away">How to Spot a Charity Scam From a Mile Away</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development animal shelters charity donations Giving Back poverty Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:00:05 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1350896 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 40+ Free or Cheap Ways to Give http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-40-free-or-cheap-ways-to-give <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-40-free-or-cheap-ways-to-give" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young-volunteers-donations-Dollarphotoclub_53026766.jpg" alt="young volunteers donations" title="young volunteers donations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on over 40 free or cheap ways to give, cool car hacks to try out, and ways to score discounts with customer loyalty.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/you-dont-need-rich-lend-helping-hand-42-free-cheap-ways-give/">You Don't Need to Be Rich to Lend a Helping Hand: 42 Free or Cheap Ways to Give</a> &mdash; Donate part (or all!) of your earnings when you have a side gig like pet- or house-sitting. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Car-Hacks-35664947">19 Insanely Cool Car Hacks You Should Try Out</a> &mdash; Use a plunger to suck out medium-sized dents on your car. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2015/01/how-to-score-discounts-with-customer-loyalty/">How to Score Discounts With Customer Loyalty</a> &mdash; Sign up for a company's reward programs to score discounts and freebies. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3240-how-to-be-good-with-money-in-2015">7 Money Habits to Start Now</a> &mdash; Give yourself 48 hours to decide if you really want to go through with a purchase. You can use this rule for any expense over $200, $300, or even $25. [Daily Worth]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.phroogal.com/5-simple-job-search-tips-new-year/">5 Simple Job Search Tips for the New Year</a> &mdash; Update your social profiles and remove any unflattering photos and information. [Phroogal Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/finance/nerdwallet-finance/money-mistakes-to-avoid-in-your-20s/">7 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20s</a> &mdash; Paying off credit card debt should be a priority, but don't neglect your student loans! [NerdWallet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/never-late/">It&rsquo;s Never Too Late</a> &mdash; It's never too late to talk to your kids (or your parents!) about their finances. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.beatingbroke.com/handle-someone-gives-many-gifts/">How to Handle Someone Who Gives Too Many Gifts</a> &mdash; If you've noticed that a well-meaning relative or friend was giving too many gifts this past holiday season, gently suggest a limit for future birthdays and holidays. [Beating Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://www.onesmartdollar.com/how-to-manage-when-your-id-is-stolen/">How to Manage When Your ID Is Stolen</a> &mdash; Call any of the three major credit reporting companies (Equifax, Transunion, and Experian) and have an Initial Fraud Alert placed. [One Smart Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/new-year-s-resolution-an-organized-family-room">New Year's Resolution: An Organized Family Room</a> &mdash; Use bins, creative shelving, and baskets to keep the clutter out of the way. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-40-free-or-cheap-ways-to-give">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-give-back-on-givingtuesday-without-breaking-the-bank">10 Ways to Give Back on #GivingTuesday Without Breaking the Bank</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-local-charities-that-could-use-your-stuff">10 Local Charities That Could Use Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-make-these-11-easy-donations-before-time-runs-out">You Should Make These 11 Easy Donations Before Time Runs Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-16-favorite-ways-to-get-rid-of-clutter">My 16 Favorite Ways to Get Rid of Clutter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-greed-is-keeping-you-poor">6 Ways Greed Is Keeping You Poor</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips charity donations Fri, 09 Jan 2015 20:00:05 +0000 Amy Lu 1278626 at http://www.wisebread.com You Should Make These 11 Easy Donations Before Time Runs Out http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-make-these-11-easy-donations-before-time-runs-out <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/you-should-make-these-11-easy-donations-before-time-runs-out" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-donation-volunteers-Dollarphotoclub_45319912.jpg" alt="woman donation volunteers" title="woman donation volunteers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's natural this time of year to feel a little more charitable. Many nonprofit organizations <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/life/holidays/2013/12/year_end_charitable_giving_most_people_are_terrible_at_it_don_t_be_one_of.html">report that they see a surge of donations in the last month</a> of the year, and there are some advantages to making donations before the calendar turns another page.</p> <p>In addition to keeping with the holiday spirit, giving to charity before year's end ensures that you can get a tax deduction to count for 2014. In in some instances, corporations are in an extra giving mood and will match many cash donations. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-give-to-charity-that-fit-a-holiday-budget?ref=seealso">15 Ways to Give to Charity That Fit a Holiday Budget</a>)</p> <p>If you're feeling charitable or just have some stuff you want to unload, consider these simple donations you can make before 2015 comes around. (Just make sure you keep good records for the tax man!)</p> <h2>1. Clothes and Household Items</h2> <p>There's a good chance you'll get some new clothes and other stuff for the holiday season. Now may be a time to donate some of your older (but still usable) items to a thrift shop or charity such as Goodwill. You'll free up some closet space and get a 2014 tax deduction in the process. This time of year, coats and other warm-weather items are especially needed.</p> <h2>2. Food</h2> <p>Local food pantries are always in need of donations, especially during the winter months. Drop off a few bags of canned goods, or get in touch with a charity such as Meals on Wheels to donate food to a shut-in. You're probably cooking a ton for the holiday feast anyway, so set some aside for a needy family.</p> <h2>3. Shares of Stock</h2> <p>If you've seen portions of your investment portfolio rise in 2014, why not share the wealth? Donating shares of stock is a great way to help out a charity because unlike a cash donation, the contribution may rise in value. You get a tax deduction by donating, and also avoid any capital gains fees you might have otherwise incurred by selling.</p> <h2>4. A Car</h2> <p>If you're thinking of buying a new car in 2015, consider donating your car to charity this year to get the tax benefits. Many charities will accept donations of cars, which they then sell at auctions and pocket the proceeds. Other charities turn the cars over directly to needy families. A car donation is tax deductible, and many charities will even go through the effort to pick up the car from your house free. Donating your car makes sense if you feel like you wouldn't get much for a trade-in anyway.</p> <h2>5. New Toys</h2> <p>It's almost impossible to avoid seeing the U.S Marines manning Toys For Tots stations all over the country. A donation of a new toy will help ensure a great Christmas for an underprivileged child. This year, Toys For Tots is looking to collect 7 million toys. Go to <a href="http://toysfortots.com">Toysfortots.com</a> to find a drop-off location near you.</p> <h2>6. Old Building Materials</h2> <p>When my family built a new addition to our house, we donated some old windows and a sliding glass door to <a href="http://www.loadingdock.org/">a local charity</a> that recycles such things. It was a stress-free way to unload the items, and we got a sizable tax deduction. Contact the <a href="http://bmra.org/">Building Materials ReUse Association</a> to see if there's a charity near you.</p> <h2>7. Your Time</h2> <p>Rather than spending a day at a mall indulging in retail excess, consider taking time to help out at a soup kitchen, food pantry, or other charity. Better yet, consider making a commitment to volunteer not only during this holiday season but throughout the year.</p> <h2>8. Your Artistic Talent</h2> <p>This time of year, it's common for organizations to have parties featuring silent auctions as fundraisers. If you're an artist or photographer, why not donate a painting or photograph? It's a great way to direct money to a charity and perhaps also get some exposure for your skills. Similarly, a musician could volunteer to perform holiday music at a charitable event, or even offer free lessons.</p> <h2>9. Cash</h2> <p>This may seem lazy, but most charities are more than happy to receive monetary donations. In fact, sometimes money is the best gift to a charity because they know better than anyone what specific items they need. Donating cash could be as easy as dropping some coins into a Salvation Army pot, or writing a sizable check to another non-profit group.</p> <h2>10. Blood</h2> <p>This time of year, blood donations are often low because people are so busy. But it's a great way to give back in a way that won't cost you a dime. I make a point of donating blood every December 24 at my local Red Cross donation center. It gets me in the Christmas spirit, and there are usually free cookies. Go to <a href="http://www.redcross.org/">RedCross.org</a> to locate a blood drive or donation center near you.</p> <h2>11. Money to Your Future Self</h2> <p>This may not be a &quot;donation&quot; in the classic sense. But it's still a great idea to try to max out your retirement accounts by the end of the year. If you have an IRA, you can contribute up to $5,500 for 2014. Any contribution up until April 15, 2015 counts toward 2014, but why wait?</p> <p><em>What will you be giving this year? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-make-these-11-easy-donations-before-time-runs-out">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/charitable-giving-get-a-receipt">Charitable giving - get a receipt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-i-write-it-off-as-charity">Can I Write It Off as Charity?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ten-great-charities-that-deserve-your-dollars-this-year">Ten Great Charities that Deserve Your Dollars This Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-amazing-outrageous-and-just-plain-weird-tax-deductions">20 amazing, outrageous and just plain weird tax deductions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-last-minute-ways-to-cut-your-2016-tax-bill">7 Last-Minute Ways to Cut Your 2016 Tax Bill</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Taxes charity donations giving tax deductions taxes Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:00:10 +0000 Tim Lemke 1271198 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Local Charities That Could Use Your Stuff http://www.wisebread.com/10-local-charities-that-could-use-your-stuff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-local-charities-that-could-use-your-stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/donations-5319905-small.jpg" alt="donations" title="donations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most of us have go-to donation centers that we visit when we want to unload our old clothes, toys, and housewares &mdash; places like the Goodwill and Salvation Army come to mind &mdash; but there are lots of other places right in your neighborhood that will gladly take unwanted items off your hands and give them a new life and purpose. Take a look at these 10 often overlooked places for donations. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cleaning-out-for-a-cause-make-a-noncash-tax-deductible-donation">How to Make a Noncash Tax-Deductible Donation</a>)</p> <h2>1. Worship Centers</h2> <p>Worship centers are mostly funded by the offerings members provide at services, which are used to pay for general maintenance of the worship center and its utilities. There may be room in the budget for additional purchases the center needs, but donations of goods also are accepted to help keep the overhead low. Charitable donations ideal for churches and synagogues include musical instruments, snacks for children&#39;s services, used cars to transport disabled members, second-hand clothing and food for community members who have fallen on hard times, and toys to gift to needy children at holiday time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/giving-to-charity-is-great-but-how-do-you-pick-one">How to Choose a Charity</a>)</p> <h2>2. Community Centers</h2> <p>The mission of community centers, especially in urban areas, is to keep kids off the street while giving them something productive to do with their time. Donations of educational materials &mdash; likes books and computers &mdash; are perfect for community centers, as are games and sports equipment like balls and bicycles. Call your local youth community center and ask what they need.</p> <h2>3. Emergency Shelters</h2> <p>While emergency shelters exist to take in anybody who needs a roof over their head due to any manner of extenuating circumstance, most shelters cater to the homeless population who need a safe place to sleep on a regular basis. Furniture and <a href="http://www.sdrescue.org/ways-to-give/donate-goods/client-needs/">used clothing are excellent donations for emergency shelters</a>, but toiletries &mdash; soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, and pastes &mdash; are even better, so those who require the emergency shelter can maintain good hygiene.</p> <h2>4. Libraries</h2> <p>Have boxes and boxes of books, CDs, or DVDs that you can&#39;t get rid of? Stop by your local library and ask if they&#39;ll <a href="http://www.lbpl.org/support/donate.asp">accept your unwanted media</a>. Chances are they&#39;ll be more than happy to take such valuable resources off your hands so the library can expand its selection of material. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-reasons-why-you-should-support-your-local-library">Reasons to Support Your Local Library</a>)</p> <h2>5. Schools</h2> <p>Schools are publicly funded by the taxes we pay, but individual teachers often have to dip into their own pockets to buy something special for their classes &mdash; and sometimes to buy the basics. If you want to show your gratitude for the hard work that your son or daughter&#39;s teacher puts in on a daily basis, drop off a donation of kid-friendly items like musical instruments, <a href="http://www.cps.edu/Pages/CommunityresourcesDonate.aspx">sports equipment, games, books, and office supplies</a> with which the teacher can enhance class lessons.</p> <h2>6. Food Banks</h2> <p>Don&#39;t throw away still-good non-perishables when cleaning out your cupboards or pantry. Instead, <a href="http://www.westsidefoodbankca.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=63&amp;Itemid=118">pack the items that you no longer want into a bag and drop it</a> off at your local food bank. Your donation will feed one or more people in community for at least one meal, which should make you feel great about the good deed you did. Most will gladly accept non-food donations such as office supplies, too.</p> <h2>7. Animal Shelters</h2> <p>Animal shelters are often filled to the gills with animals for which they can&#39;t find a home &mdash; and it&#39;s not easy keeping them fed and clean 24/7. If you want to make life better for a local shelter animal in some way, <a href="http://spcala.com/donate/needs_list.php">top donations include food and treats</a>, old blankets, and towels.</p> <h2>8. Children&#39;s Homes</h2> <p>What children&#39;s homes need most <a href="http://www.kidshome.org/HowToHelp.php">are new pajamas, socks, and shoes</a>. Other donations can include clothes, toys, games, and books. Let&#39;s not forget, too, that there aren&#39;t just toddlers and teenagers living in these homes. Infants often live at children&#39;s homes, so donations of diapers are also much needed.</p> <h2>9. Women&#39;s Shelters</h2> <p>Women&#39;s shelters will accept everything that you&#39;d donate to a children&#39;s shelter &mdash; since many women arrive with their children &mdash; but <a href="http://www.laurashouse.org/wishlist.html">they also need items for the women themselves</a>. Toiletries and hygiene products are coveted, but since many women&#39;s shelters try to help the women get back on their feet by way of employment, donations of interview-appropriate outfits also are ideal. Women&#39;s shelters are also great places to get rid of your old cell phone. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-old-electronics">How to Get Rid of Your Old Electronics</a>)</p> <h2>10. VA Hospitals</h2> <p>Nobody likes to sit in a hospital bed and do nothing all day while they recover. But you can make a veteran&#39;s time in the hospital a little more bearable by <a href="http://www.longbeach.va.gov/giving/">donating items to your local VA hospital</a> that will entertain or occupy the soldier as he or she rehabilitates. Books and games are great donations, but handheld video games and music devices &mdash; like MP3 players &mdash; will be much more stimulating for the veteran as they heal.</p> <p><em>Do you have other unexpected places to give charitable donations? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-local-charities-that-could-use-your-stuff">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-give-back-on-givingtuesday-without-breaking-the-bank">10 Ways to Give Back on #GivingTuesday Without Breaking the Bank</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-make-these-11-easy-donations-before-time-runs-out">You Should Make These 11 Easy Donations Before Time Runs Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-16-favorite-ways-to-get-rid-of-clutter">My 16 Favorite Ways to Get Rid of Clutter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-greed-is-keeping-you-poor">6 Ways Greed Is Keeping You Poor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-or-donate-your-airline-miles">6 Ways to Sell or Donate Your Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living charity donations Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:00:03 +0000 Mikey Rox 1059763 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Places Where You Can Always Shop for a Worthy Cause http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-where-you-can-always-shop-for-a-worthy-cause <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-places-where-you-can-always-shop-for-a-worthy-cause" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-5322506-small.jpg" alt="women shopping" title="women shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shopping can be even more rewarding when you know your purchase also goes to helping those in need. While some mainstream retailers promote socially conscious shopping through one-off charity products from time to time, plenty let you buy terrific products and promote the greater good all year 'round. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/surprisingly-easy-ways-you-can-support-charity">Easy Ways to Support Charity</a>)</p> <h2>1. TOMS</h2> <p><a href="http://www.toms.com">TOMS</a> sells their signature shoes using the &quot;one for one&quot; mission, meaning for every pair sold, they donate a pair to a child in need. The company has already given over two million pairs in more than 60 countries, and has also expanded into eyewear using the same concept. TOMS continues to add new styles to their classic lineup, and products can be purchased at the company's site, certain department stores, and popular retail locations.</p> <h2>2. Novica</h2> <p><a href="http://www.novica.com">Novica</a>, which works in association with National Geographic, boasts over 30,000 unique, handcrafted items for sale from artisans in developing nations. Sale proceeds help local artisans generate income to improve their quality of life. The site has many affordable finds, and offers unique jewelry, decor, art, and other handmade gifts, which usually come with the artisan's bio. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-thoughtful-and-frugal-personalized-gift-ideas">Frugal Personalized Gift Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>3. Product (RED)</h2> <p><a href="http://joinred.shop.musictoday.com/">(RED)</a> products raise money for the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. U2 lead singer and AIDS activist Bono helped develop the concept, which partners the (RED) brand with many well-known retailers, like <a href="http://www.apple.com/product-red/">Apple</a>, who sell designated (RED) products on their own sites. Up to 50% of the profits go to the Global Fund, and such products cost the same as non-(RED) items.</p> <h2>4. Everything Happy</h2> <p><a href="http://www.everythinghappy.com/">Everything Happy</a> sells children's products, like adorable animal blankets, stuffed toys, and clothing. For every purchase, the company donates a product to one of their designated hospitals, orphanages or Ronald McDonald houses, which you get to choose by using a registration code upon receiving your product. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-strategies-for-controlling-toy-clutter">Donate Toys to Control Clutter</a>)</p> <h2>5. FEED Projects</h2> <p>Fashion model, designer, and granddaughter of former President George H. W. Bush, Lauren Bush, started <a href="http://www.feedprojects.com/">FEED</a> after designing a bag to benefit the United Nation's World Food Program. Today, the company sells a collection of cool bags and totes, apparel, and accessories branded with the FEED logo. The sale of FEED products provides meals and vitamin supplements to children in need all over the world.</p> <h2>6. GreaterGood</h2> <p>The <a href="http://greatergood.com/">GreaterGood</a> family of websites follows a &quot;click to give&quot; mission with eight individual sites selling products whose proceeds support a number of well-known women's, children's, health, animal, and environmental causes and institutions. There is a vast array of merchandise available, from apparel to home items to cause-specific goods.</p> <h2>7. SoapBox Soaps</h2> <p>Besides selling all-natural, gluten-free, vegan, and made in the U.S.A soaps packaged with all recycled materials, <a href="http://soapboxsoaps.com/">SoapBox Soaps</a> also donates one bar of soap, fresh water, or vitamins to a child in need across the globe for every purchase made. Soapbox also contributes to shelters and nursing homes in the U.S. Products can be purchased at the company's site or found in many retail locations, including select <a href="http://www.wholefoods.com">Whole Foods Markets</a>.</p> <h2>8. eBay Giving Works</h2> <p><a href="http://givingworks.ebay.com/">eBay Giving Works</a> functions just like eBay's regular buying and selling platform. However, sellers donate a portion of product proceeds to one of eBay's designated charities, which include many well-known causes. All charities supported are screened by PayPal's Giving Fund, which means your money only goes to legit organizations and always reaches its intended destination.</p> <h2>9. KNO Clothing</h2> <p><a href="http://knoclothing.com/">KNO Clothing</a> sells stylish apparel and accessories all made from fairly traded, organic, or sustainable fabric. But it doesn't stop there. KNO uses 50% of the profits to help end homelessness, with each purchase providing an article of clothing to someone in need and supporting the work of the company's partners who provide housing.</p> <h2>10. Goodwill Stores</h2> <p>You may be familiar with <a href="http://www.goodwill.org">Goodwill</a> shops that resell donated clothing and home goods (there are 165 independent stores in the U.S. and Canada), but you may not realize what your purchase supports. Retail sales go towards funding job training, employment placement, and other community programs that Goodwill offers.</p> <h2>11. Ralph Lauren Pink Pony</h2> <p>Ralph Lauren has long promoted its <a href="http://www.ralphlauren.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=1870143&amp;sr=1&amp;origkw=pink%20pony&amp;view=99">Pink Pony Products</a>. Ten percent of the purchase price of these products benefits the <a href="http://global.ralphlauren.com/en-us/About/Philanthropy/Pages/pink_pony.aspx">Pink Pony Fund</a> of the Ralph Lauren Foundation, which funds initiatives for cancer care and prevention. Items include apparel and home goods, all with the trademark Pink Pony emblem.</p> <h2>12. Ten Thousand Villages</h2> <p><a href="http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/">Ten Thousand Villages</a> is one of the world's largest fair trade organizations that aims to sell unique, handmade products from disadvantaged artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Proceeds help skilled artisans to earn money for basic necessities and an improved quality of life. Products are sold in nearly 400 U.S. retail outlets or through the company's site, and include handmade jewelry, décor, apparel, and other beautiful gifts.</p> <h2>13. Best Friends Boutique on Wag.com</h2> <p><a href="http://bestfriends.org/">Best Friends Animal Society</a> has opened an online store, called <a href="http://www.wag.com/b/best-friends-animal-society">Best Friends boutique</a>, which can be found on popular pet e-tailer, <a href="http://www.wag.com">Wag</a> (one of the Diaper.com sister sites). 50% of the proceeds from Best Friends logo items go towards helping the society run the nation's largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals, as well as their other no-kill shelter initiatives and programs.</p> <h2>14. Roozt</h2> <p>Touted by some as the Etsy for socially conscious shopping, <a href="http://www.roozt.com">Roozt</a> is an online platform that offers a collection of hip brands from mission-oriented retailers. Roozt's philosophy, &quot;bringing sexy back to giving back,&quot; allows retailers to set up storefronts on the site and offer cool products that make a difference. In addition, for every member who joins the site (membership is free), Roozt donates a meal to an American in need through their partnership with hunger relief charity, <a href="http://www.feedingamerica.org">Feeding America</a>.</p> <h2>15. B. toys</h2> <p>For every B. toy bought, ten cents is donated to <a href="http://www.freethechildren.com/">Free the Children</a>, which is an international charity and educational partner that has built over 650 schools around the world. B. toys are unique, educational products currently sold at Target and select specialty stores.</p> <h2>16. Giftback</h2> <p><a href="http://www.giftback.com/">Giftback</a> works like many of the popular flower and gift basket sites out there, selling gourmet food and gift baskets, flower arrangements, and customized corporate gifts. However, 10% of every purchase is donated to one of Giftback's designated charities, which the buyer can choose from. The site is geared towards giving, so your recipient will not only get to see your gift card message, but will be notified that a portion of the gift was also donated to the charity you chose.</p> <h2>17. Charity Wines and Benefit Wines</h2> <p><a href="http://charitywines.com/">Charity Wines</a> teams up with professional athletes and celebrities who donate their name and image to a unique wine brand. Around 70% of the sale proceeds of these unique bottles go the athlete's designated charity. Wines are single runs, which means they sell out and there are only a few items to pick from. Not to worry, however, as they have a sister site, <a href="http://www.benefitwines.com/">Benefit Wines</a>, which follows the same concept using charitable causes on the label (primarily animal charities) and has a greater inventory selection.</p> <h2>18. Chilanthropy</h2> <p><a href="https://www.chilanthropy.com/">Chilanthropy</a>, named after the concept of &quot;relaxing while being philanthropic,&quot; sells beautiful all natural candles and bath products. The eco-conscious company donates 5% of all candle sale proceeds to different environmental charities and organizations. Each candle is paired with a specific charity based on its theme or name and supports such causes as rainforest, coral reef, and forest preservation.</p> <h2>19. ASPCA Online Store</h2> <p>Check out the online shop of the <a href="http://www.aspcaonlinestore.com/">American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals</a> for some great pet related products. They have everything from pet items to adult and children's clothing and accessories. A small portion of sale proceeds supports the ASPCA's work towards helping animals.</p> <h2>20. Charity Malls</h2> <p>Charity mall sites, like <a href="http://www.goodsearch.com/goodshop.aspx">Goodshop</a> and <a href="http://www.igive.com">iGive</a>, work with thousands of retailers online to designate a portion of your regular purchase to a charity of your choice. You can shop through the charity sites or use one of the charity site apps to have purchases automatically credited when you directly visit a merchant site. You never pay more for items, and the charity sites help you track how much you raise. It's important to note, however, that the percentage donated is usually pretty low &mdash; on average, 0.5% to 3% for most retailers.</p> <p>These are just a sampling of the retailers out there offering products that give back. As a reminder, it's always best to do a little checking to make sure any do-good shopping goes to a legitimate cause and you know how much actually gets donated. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/giving-to-charity-is-great-but-how-do-you-pick-one">How to Pick a Charity</a>)</p> <p><em>What are some of your favorite places to shop for a cause?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-medeiros">Kelly Medeiros</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-where-you-can-always-shop-for-a-worthy-cause">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-give-back-on-givingtuesday-without-breaking-the-bank">10 Ways to Give Back on #GivingTuesday Without Breaking the Bank</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-things-you-can-buy-that-make-the-world-a-better-place">19 Things You Can Buy That Make the World a Better Place</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-deep-conditioners">The 5 Best Deep Conditioners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-callus-removers">The 5 Best Callus Removers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping charity donations shopping Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:00:22 +0000 Kelly Medeiros 982670 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6474737849_27a0207f89_z-1.jpg" alt="How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff?" title="How Do You Get Rid of Your Unwanted Stuff?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540333"><em>Autumn</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540448"><em>kristina</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff#comment-540047"><em>Tom</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!&nbsp;</em></p> <p>Everyone has items in their house or in storage that they don't need or want anymore. Whether it's an old TV that never gets used or items of clothing your kids outgrew, odds are you've either sold, donated, or thrown away things you no longer use or just don't need. Some people take the time to sell stuff on Craigslist or have a yard sale while others either donate or throw away their unwanted stuff.</p> <p><b>How do you get rid of your unwanted stuff?</b><span style="font-weight: normal;">&nbsp;Do you sell it on Craigslist? Have a garage sale? Donate it? Or do you just throw it out?</span></p> <p>Tell us how you get rid of your unwanted stuff and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries (1 per action):</h3> <ul> <li>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wise-Bread/26830741467?ref=ts">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, and leave a comment on this article telling us you did, or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 23rd at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 23rd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you get rid of your unwanted stuff and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-get-rid-of-your-unwanted-stuff">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-16-favorite-ways-to-get-rid-of-clutter">My 16 Favorite Ways to Get Rid of Clutter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-weird-things-to-sell-on-ebay-for-extra-cash">6 Weird Things to Sell on eBay for Extra Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-junk">How to Get Rid of Your Junk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-money-and-declutter-by-selling-these-5-unlikely-treasures">Make Money and Declutter by Selling These 5 Unlikely Treasures</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-give-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: How Do You Give? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers craigslist donations eBay selling trash yard sale Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:36:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 941366 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Reuse a Comforter Bag http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-reuse-a-comforter-bag <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-reuse-a-comforter-bag" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2147117299_2730c72376_b.jpg" alt="boy and comforter" title="boy and comforter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you recently bought a new comforter for your bed or have the plastic casing bed-wear usually comes in, don&rsquo;t throw it out.&nbsp;Comforter bags are great because they typically have zipper access and are made of durable plastic. Some even come with convenient handles. Here are eight ways to get the most out of a recycled comforter bag. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/waste-not-want-notturning-waste-into-savings">Waste Not, Want Not: Turning Waste Into Savings</a>)</p> <h2>1. Donation Bag</h2> <p>I have placed an old comforter bag in each of my kids' rooms. Whenever they put on clothing and find it no longer fits comfortably, the kids know to refold the item and put it in the storage bag. This is a great, proactive way for us to avoid having to sort through all of their clothing drawers and closets every few months. When the bag is filled, we zip it up and give it to a family friend for future use. The clear bag makes it easy for them to see the variety of items so they can pull out what they need without a hassle. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/things-you-might-not-know-about-your-local-thrift-store">Thrift stores</a> also appreciate the see-through bag when accepting donations.</p> <h2>2. Winter-Wear Storage</h2> <p>Snowsuits, boots, gloves, hats, and scarves can be stored in the plastic zippered bag, so they are easily located for next winter. Let kids decorate their own bags as an afternoon craft activity. Foam stickers can brighten up a plain plastic bag and give the kids something to do while you spring clean. The plastic bags will also keep dust and moths from attacking your winter gear.</p> <h2>3. Extra Sheet Storage</h2> <p>If you lack closet space and have no room for linens, employ a comforter bag as a storage center for extra sheets and pillow cases. You can fit a lot of sheet sets in one bag, and you&rsquo;ll protect the sheets from dirt until you need to use them again. As an added benefit, toss in a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-things-to-do-with-used-dryer-sheets">used fabric softener sheet</a> so you will always have nice, clean, fresh-smelling sheets ready for use.</p> <h2>4. Portable Toy Bag</h2> <p>Kids tend to have a lot of toys that live everywhere but the toy box. You can utilize the giant zippered bags to keep toys organized. The bag allows kids to transport their trucks, dolls, and stuffed animals wherever they want to play. The portable toy bag is also a great way to travel with toys. Kids can easily see what&rsquo;s in the bag and perhaps resist the urge to dig everything out of the bag and spread it all over the back of your minivan.</p> <h2>5. Gardening Tool Storage</h2> <p>Gardening tools can rust if left out in the elements, but you can use a comforter bag for storage and protection from the rain and other seasonal elements. The bag also makes it easier for you to lug everything around the garden, and it can be quickly rinsed out with the hose when it gets too dirty.</p> <h2>6. Cleaning Catchall</h2> <p>Again, due to the ability to see through the clear plastic, a comfortable bag is useful as a catchall in your living space. Clutter that traditionally lies around your house can be tossed in the bag until it can be sorted later. Your family members can easily see what&rsquo;s inside when they are looking for something specific and can grab their own items when it&rsquo;s time to put things back in their rightful places.</p> <h2>7. Luggage</h2> <p>While it is hardly a fashion statement, the large plastic zippered bag can work well as last-minute luggage for your next road trip. Your family is likely to forget a lot of stuff on the way out the door, so you can utilize the bag as a last-minute catchall for travel. On the return trip, be sure to pack your dirty laundry in the bag so you can put it in the laundry room as soon as you get back and not have to sort through suitcases trying to figure out what is clean and what isn&rsquo;t.</p> <h2>8. Shoe Storage</h2> <p>If shoes tend to clutter your home or your closet, consider using the bag as a shoe storage place. You can throw in your flip flops, sneakers, and other casual shoes to make room for the pricier dress shoes that need more tender loving care. The bag makes it easy to collect your shoes in one place if you are short on room.</p> <p>There are probably tons more ideas you can think up for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-reuse-common-household-items">recycling household items</a> that would otherwise go in the trash bin. While you may only buy a new comforter from time to time, you can start asking friends and family to save theirs for you and gather a whole collection of free bags for your storage needs.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-ways-to-reuse-a-comforter-bag&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%20Ways%20to%20Reuse%20a%20Comforter%20Bag.jpg&amp;description=8%20Ways%20to%20Reuse%20a%20Comforter%20Bag" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Ways%20to%20Reuse%20a%20Comforter%20Bag.jpg" alt="8 Ways to Reuse a Comforter Bag" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-reuse-a-comforter-bag">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-to-keep-your-entire-life-clutter-free">10 Smart Ways to Keep Your Entire Life Clutter-Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breathe-easy-10-natural-air-fresheners">Breathe Easy: 10 Natural Air Fresheners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-or-donate-your-airline-miles">6 Ways to Sell or Donate Your Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-ways-to-protect-your-home-during-the-holidays">7 Frugal Ways to Protect Your Home During the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-things-you-need-in-your-house-to-keep-your-family-safe">20+ Things You Need in Your House to Keep Your Family Safe</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Travel children cleaning tips donations reusable Tue, 17 Apr 2012 09:36:24 +0000 Tisha Tolar 916316 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Give? (Chance to win $20!) http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-give-chance-to-win-20 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-give-chance-to-win-20" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/giving.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="169" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>*** Congrats to our winners! ***</strong></em></p> <ul> <li><a class="active" href="../../../../../../ask-the-readers-how-do-you-give-chance-to-win-20#comment-433811">Comment #7: I give in a variety of</a> - Submitted by gt0163c on January 26, 2010 - 13:43.&nbsp; I give in a variety of ways.&nbsp; <p>I haven't been personally affected by the economic downturn so I decided to up my financial giving to a few missionaries recently. These are people who are personal friends and who I can speak to openly about finances and, in many cases, they are hurting because donations are down across the board.</p> <p>I've also done some &quot;cookie packages&quot; for the college ministers. I get together with a few friends and we bake up a bunch of homemade cookies, package them in individual ziploc bags and send them off to the college pastors and interns to give to their students. The responses that I've gotten back have been wonderful. The students love the cookies and the pastors get to say that there are these people who love and are praying for you who don't even know you. The time and monetary committment is small and who doesn't like cookies?</p> <p>I also give with my time. I do a lot of volunteer stuff with my church, sometimes in places where others are more hesitant to serve (with the high school youth especially. I love them. Most other people love that there's someone else who loves them in this way).</p> </li> <li> <p><span class="status-body"><a onclick="pageTracker._trackPageview('/exit/to/gsusfreek');" href="http://twitter.com/gsusfreek" class="tweet-url screen-name">gsusfreek</a> <span class="msgtxt en" id="msgtxt8250835539"><a onclick="pageTracker._trackPageview('/exit/to/wisebread')" href="http://twitter.com/wisebread" class="tweet-url username">@wisebread</a> I helped at my church by putting in insulation, playing on the worship team. I also volunteer in the community. &quot;<a href="http://twitter.com/search?q=%23WBAsk" class="tweet-url hashtag" title="#WBAsk"><b>#WBAsk</b></a>&quot;</span> <span class="meta entry-meta"><a href="http://twitter.com/gsusfreek/statuses/8250835539"> 6 days ago </a><span class="source">from <a href="http://twitter.com/">web</a></span></span></span></p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Will you give more this year? Or are you just in &quot;survival mode?&quot;</strong></p> <p>Many people are making resolutions to give back to their communities and charitable organizations that have impacted their lives. Others are responding to the calls for aid in Haiti and are finding just a little more in their budget to help the cause. All of this is happening in spite of a down economy, job loss, and tightening budgets. How are we doing it? And are there tips to help others so that they have more to give?</p> <p>We'd love to hear your tips for giving. It can be ways that you stretch the budget so that you have room for donations, how you stockpile freebies to give to the less fortunate, or how you are giving more of your time and talents during your own time of economic trouble. Maybe you're not even thinking of giving right now &mdash; and that's OK, too! We'd love to hear your 2-cents! (We encourage you to link to your own blog posts if you've covered a similar topic on your own site.)</p> <p>Let us know your stories here in our comment thread or on Twitter, and you'll be entered to win one of two $20 Amazon giveaways. (Yes, that's right! We've doubled our prize money!) Dozens of readers have already won. You could be next!</p> <h2>Win a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate</h2> <p>We're doing two giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, and another one for a random <a href="http://www.twitter.com/">tweets</a>.</p> <h2>How to Enter:</h2> <ol> <li>Post your answer in the comments below, or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. Include both &quot;<a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread" title=" @wisebread #moneytippers">@wisebread</a>&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it.</li> </ol> <p>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</p> <p>At the end of the drawing, we'll update this post to include (and link to) all of your helpful responses.</p> <h2>Giveaway Rules:</h2> <ul> <li>Contest ends Friday, January 29th at 11:59 am CST. Winners will be announced after January 29th on the original post and via Twitter. Winners will also be contacted via email and Twitter Direct Message.</li> <li>You can enter both drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment and once by tweeting.</li> <li>Only tweets that contain both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; will be entered. (Otherwise, we won't see it.)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good luck! </strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-give-chance-to-win-20">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-share-your-favorite-frugal-holiday-tradition">Ask the Readers: Share Your Favorite Frugal Holiday Tradition</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-is-valentines-day-too-commercial-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Is Valentine&#039;s Day Too Commercial? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-care-for-your-pet-affordably">Ask the Readers: How Do You Care For Your Pet Affordably?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-about-money-dont-you-know-chance-to-win">Ask the Readers: What About Money DON&#039;T You Know? (Chance to Win!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-name-your-favorite-moment-of-2010">Ask the Readers: Name Your Favorite Moment of 2010</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers donations giving Tue, 26 Jan 2010 17:33:32 +0000 Linsey Knerl 4888 at http://www.wisebread.com Giving Back to Those Not Necessarily on Your Christmas List http://www.wisebread.com/giving-back-to-those-not-necessarily-on-your-christmas-list <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/giving-back-to-those-not-necessarily-on-your-christmas-list" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3118197667_29129b69b9_z.jpg" alt="envelope" title="envelope" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As we rush to find the &quot;perfect gift&quot; for friends and family, we tend to get tunnel vision about the holiday season. No matter how tight our budgets or shopping time may be, remember still there are some people who would be thrilled to be in our shoes, amongst the chaos of family, friends, and festivities. Those without families, homes, money, or good health are not expecting much from the holiday season but you and your family can give them an everlasting gift &mdash; one you'll likely remember forever yet pay nothing much to give. There are many ways you can help or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-money-for-charity" title="How to Find Money for Charity">find money for charity</a>. Here are some ideas to give this holiday season. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/surprisingly-easy-ways-you-can-support-charity">Surprisingly Easy Ways You Can Support Charity</a>)</p> <h2>Holiday Mail for Heroes</h2> <p>Sponsored by the Red Cross, <a href="http://www.redcross.org/holidaymail">Holiday Mail for Heroes</a> allows the public to send holiday greetings and thanks to soldiers and veterans. Cards must be received by December 7, 2009. This is a great way to spread some gratitude and holiday cheer to those who may not have their families nearby to celebrate.</p> <h2>Cards That Give</h2> <p>When shopping for Christmas and holiday cards, check out <a href="http://www.cardsthatgive.org">Cards That Give</a>, a website that combines the efforts of over 100 non-profit organizations who create and sell greeting cards for all occasions. Each purchases helps support the groups, which include humane societies and children's hospitals. Many of the organizations also create all-occasion cards so shopping and helping a good cause all year around is possible.</p> <h2>Welcome Back Veterans</h2> <p><a href="http://www.welcomebackveterans.org/">Welcome Back Veterans</a> will help you find information about sending greeting cards and thanks to veterans who have served our country. Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday season is an excellent time to drop a note to someone who has made our country safer and allowed us the freedom to celebrate wonderful things.</p> <h2>Holiday Project</h2> <p><a href="http://www.holiday-project.org">Holiday Project</a>&nbsp;supports people in nursing homes, prisons and hospitals by visiting those who are confined during the holiday season. They are looking for visiting volunteers, help with wrapping gifts, and people interested in donating needed goods and money.</p> <h2>Volunteer Match</h2> <p><a href="http://www.volunteermatch.org">Volunteer Match</a>&nbsp;is a one-stop shop for finding volunteering opportunities in your area. Simply plug in your zip code and the system will link you to the volunteer openings close to where you live. This is a great site to use all year around and you get a great overview of how your talents and skills can be useful in supporting others who are less fortunate than you.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/giving-back-to-those-not-necessarily-on-your-christmas-list">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/charitable-giving-give-in-order-to-receive">Charitable Giving: Give in Order to Receive</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-budget-habits-of-wealthy-financial-gurus">5 Surprising Budget Habits of Wealthy Financial Gurus</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-stealth-wealth-is-the-best-wealth">5 Reasons Stealth Wealth Is the Best Wealth</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-self-destructive-habits-that-keep-you-in-debt">8 Self-Destructive Habits That Keep You in Debt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-lifestyle-changes-that-will-always-pay-off">10 Lifestyle Changes That Will Always Pay Off</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle charities donations holiday giving volunteerism Mon, 23 Nov 2009 15:00:49 +0000 Tisha Tolar 3864 at http://www.wisebread.com Ten Great Charities that Deserve Your Dollars This Year http://www.wisebread.com/ten-great-charities-that-deserve-your-dollars-this-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ten-great-charities-that-deserve-your-dollars-this-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hp_01.jpg" alt="Louise Gubb/The Carter Center " title="Louise Gubb/The Carter Center " class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>These are difficult economic times, but I'm getting tired of being told to spend my money on <em>stuff</em>, as if my personal saving habits are somehow ruining the economy. I'm no economist, and maybe I'm full of crap, but it seems to me that when I save money by putting it in a bank account or investing it in stocks via my retirement plan, I am directly addressing the core problem of the economy right now--liquidity--in a much more direct way than if I were to go to the dollar store and stock up on easter decorations that I don't want anyway. I&nbsp;have a different proposition. Instead of throwing money at retailers, let's throw it at people who really need it--the poor and disenfranchised who are most at risk in an economic downturn. Here are my top ten charity picks. I'd love to know what your favorites are, and will post a followup in a week or so with an updated list of recommended charities.&nbsp; [Update: and now there are ten!]</p> <p><strong>1. <a href="http://www.cartercenter.org/homepage.html">The Carter Center</a></strong></p> <p>This is an amazing organization founded by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter with a unique mission. Many of us are ardent supporters of disease foundations that seek to find a cure for a devastating disease such as cancer. The Carter Foundation seeks to bring <em>known cures</em> for terrible diseases to third world nations that cannot afford them. The Carter foundation is currently campaigning to eradicate guinea worm, a painful and dangerous parasitic infection, from the world. Guinea worm is easily prevented by filtering drinking water. However, many countries in Africa have been too poor to distribute simple coffee filters so that people can remove the worm larvae from their drinking water. The Carter foundation has made an amazing difference in saving millions of people from guinea worm at a cost of pennies per person. This is a very powerful use of your dollars, and if you have just a few dollars to donate, this is the charity that will stretch those dollars the most. The Carter Center has a five star rating on <a href="http://www.charitynavigator.org/">Charity Navigator</a>, with a high percentage of donation going to actual program expenses.</p> <p><strong>2. <a href="http://www.cfcausa.org/">Christian Foundation for Children and Aging</a><br /> </strong></p> <p>This is a child sponsorship charity with which I've had an amazingly good experience. For $30 a month, I sponsor a child to receive assistance through the foundation. Assistance includes education and basic needs. I am able to correspond with the child, and we have exchanged many letters and photos. CCFA gives you the option to choose a young child, an older child, or an elderly person to receive assistance, or you can choose the person most in need. I took the last option, and I promptly received a packet describing a child named Luis in Guatamala. I really wish I could publish the series of three pictures I&nbsp;received from the foundation, but that would not be considerate of his privacy. Luis was about 12, and in the first picture he looked very small for his age, was wearing ill-fitting clothes, and looked thoroughly miserable. A year later, I had a picture of a very handsome young man with a bright smile. Luis sends me wonderful letters which he always illustrates with colored pencil drawings. I&nbsp;am very proud of him, and I&nbsp;hope to one day take advantage of the CCFA travel program, which provides very reasonable accommodations for a visit with your sponsored child. Because of the differential in cost of living between the US and Guatamala, I am able to make a huge difference in one child's life while making a small sacrifice in my own. In fact, it's kind of embarassing, the gratitude that he has expressed, considering that $30 is an amount I can easily spend on nothing. CCFA also gets five stars on Charity Navigator.</p> <p><strong>3. <a href="http://www.redcross.org/">American Red Cross</a><br /> </strong></p> <p>The Red Cross gets only two stars from charity navigator, indicating they need improvement in efficiency. Still, there's no other organization with the scope and vision of the Red Cross, and they are the only place you can donate blood instead of money. If you are able, consider giving at least a pint of blood to the red cross. The Red Cross does a great deal of disaster relief work. When my family was on vacation in Michigan's upper peninsula, in 2007, a major forest fire started within a few miles of our campground. We were not affected, but as it turned out, the Red Cross set up a tent with relief supplies near the firefighter's headquarters. Maybe they aren't the most efficienty charity working in this space, but I didn't see any other charities showing up at Four Corners crossings in da UP to offer relief to people who may be injured or displaced. I believe in this organization and will continue to support it. Some day, if my life calms down enough, I&nbsp;hope to become a trained Red Cross disaster volunteer in my community. (I&nbsp;looked at the training courses recently and sadly am not able to attend.)</p> <p><strong>4.<a href="http://www.icrc.org/eng"> International Committee of the Red Cross</a></strong></p> <p>This organization is doing critical relief work around the world. Right now, as we speak, there is a horrifying situation in Sri Lanka with tens of thousands of people trapped in a very small area, caught in cross fire between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels. the ICRC is the only aid organization with any access at all to this region, so if youw ant to help, this is the place to send your dollars. This is a terrible situation. News media have not been allowed in, but there are reports that people are using sheets of plastic for shelter and that bombs are falling among the crowds. These are people who are going to need immediate and comprehensive assistance as soon as they can be extracted from the situation.</p> <p><strong>5. <a href="http://www.habitat.org/">Habitat for Humanity</a><br /> </strong></p> <p>What can you say about Habitat? Great charity, doing great work. They don't just give away houses, they&nbsp; make people work their butts off for them. This is a charity that strengthens communities, puts people in homes, and doesn't wreck the economy while doing it. They deserve your support.</p> <p><strong>6. </strong><a href="http://www.ohsu.edu/health/clinics-and-services/doernbecher/"><strong>Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation</strong></a></p> <p>I&nbsp;was going to recommend St. Jude Children's Hospital, but when I did some research, they seemed to have an unacceptably high overhead as opposed to the amount of donations that actually go to research and helping people. Instead, consider Doernbecher, which has a similar mission, and a five star rating on charity navigator.</p> <p><strong>7. <a href="http://www.anera.org/">American Near East Refugee Aid</a></strong></p> <p>This is an organization helping another trapped group of people--civilians in Gaza. I have a solicitation from them right here in my incoming mail box, and after looking them up online, I feel very comfortable sending a contribution.</p> <p><strong>8. Your local church, department of human services, or animal shelter</strong></p> <p>There are some needs that are best addressed locally. Consider contributions to your church or your local animal shelter. (Do not contribute to the HSUS until you have researched the organization. You may not agree with their goals or tactics, and they are <strong>not</strong> normally affiliated with the &quot;humane society&quot; in your town.) Also check with your state government or county human services department about organizations that help foster children. Foster children are some of the most needy, most disenfranchised people in our society. Often there are not enough beds in foster homes for them, so they live in unstable, crowded conditions. Children who have not been abused when they enter care often end up being abused by the time they leave care, and due to frequent moves between homes, they have a hard time holding onto possessions. Many small charities collect money to purchase simple things like suitcases and Christmas presents for foster children. Children aging out of the foster system need a lot of help getting started in life, as well, and in this economy, it's not as easy for them to find jobs, much less go to college. You might also consider becoming a foster parent. It's not for everyone, but there is such a great need, and most people find it very rewarding.</p> <p><strong>9. <a href="http://www.sanfordhealth.org/Research/">Sanford Health, South Dakota</a></strong></p> <p>This isn't actually a recommendation for a place to donate your money, since they don't seem to be actively soliciting donations. Instead, I want to share with you this story of Denny Sanford's $400 million gift to Sioux Falls Health System. Unlike many philanthropists, Sanford did not dictate the research mission of the hospital when he made the gift. Instead, he solicited proposals from scientists for a project that would completely cure a disease within his remaining life span. He's kind of old, so it's going to be a horse race! The process was judged by scientists, and the winner was type I diabetes. Research at Sanford Health will focus on curing Type I diabetes through beta cell regeneration, as quickly as possible. I mention it here in case anyone has a significant gift or bequest and may be interested in joining Sanford in this mission, or perhaps using Sanford's process to start their own research institution or foundation! This is philanthropy done right. [Update: You CAN contribute to Sanford Health. Go to <a href="http://www.sanfordproject.com/">www.sanfordproject.com</a> and click on &quot;Make a Gift Online.&quot;]</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://doctorswithoutborders.org/"><strong>10. Doctors without Borders</strong></a></p> <p>Thanks to the commentors, I&nbsp;can now complete my list of ten, which I started and got stuck at number nine. (Math and blogging don't mix for me.) This is another charity that introduces itself. Nobel-prize winning, courageous, important. I am a supporter and I&nbsp;hope you will be, too.</p> <p>Now, go! Make a leap of faith. Give your money away, and it will return to you tenfold, or so the saying goes. With an ROI like that, we can have 1000% growth in our economy in no time. What are your favorite charities?&nbsp;What are the best? The worst?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/catherine-shaffer">Catherine Shaffer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ten-great-charities-that-deserve-your-dollars-this-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-make-these-11-easy-donations-before-time-runs-out">You Should Make These 11 Easy Donations Before Time Runs Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/manage-your-charitable-giving">Manage your charitable giving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rich-people-spend-350k-to-park-their-cars-heres-how-wed-spend-it-instead">Rich People Spend $350K+ to Park Their Cars — Here&#039;s How We&#039;d Spend it Instead</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/charitable-giving-give-in-order-to-receive">Charitable Giving: Give in Order to Receive</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/private-foundations-for-ordinary-folks">Private foundations for ordinary folks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Budgeting charity donations giving taxes Wed, 25 Mar 2009 16:44:13 +0000 Catherine Shaffer 2976 at http://www.wisebread.com Fund Raising Dos and Don'ts http://www.wisebread.com/fund-raising-dos-and-donts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/fund-raising-dos-and-donts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/IMGP1845.jpg" alt="one step at a time" title="one step at a time" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="333" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Recently and quite accidentally, my boyfriend and I found ourselves hijacking our vacation through Southeast Asia to become an International NGO on the fly.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Initially we had modest intentions of using our own resources to help get some water (a small truckload) to the Thai/Burma border for an aid agency on the inside to pick up and distribute. From there, the plans exploded with possibility, as we made contacts in Chiang Mai Thailand that turned a truck into a cargo plane load of supplies.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Over the following two weeks, we launched an international fundraising campaign, were featured on media outlets all over Canada, as well as in London, Sydney, and northern Germany. We did everything from the fundraising to working on logistics, attending local meetings, networking in Thailand, and giving media interviews.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This article is not about the Burma/Myanmar relief efforts though; it is about fundraising, and some of the dos and don&rsquo;ts you can heed should you take on a fundraising campaign, large or small.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>DOs</strong></h2> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Take it One Step at a Time</strong></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Fundraising is like mountaineering &ndash; you must put one foot in front of the next, and not become overwhelmed by the initiative. One person (or one fundraising campaign) will not save the world&hellip;identify your mountain, and climb it step by step.</p> <h3><strong>Big Businesses Give Big Dollars, but Small Businesses Give More Often</strong></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Although you may want to call on all the big-name corporations to meet your lofty fundraising goals, you may find that their corporate budget for charitable initiatives is spent well in advance, or requires weeks to months of paperwork to access.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Small businesses however, are happy to be approached, even happier if they can get their name shown as a donor, and have the ability to make quick donation decisions. <strong>You are much more likely to get $1,000 from five small businesses than $5,000 from one big business</strong>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Go Local</strong></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Campaigning in your own neighborhood is a great place to start, depending on your project. Take a walk, and visit the new pizza joint that just opened. Again they may appreciate the subtle marketing plug in making a donation, and you get a chance to network with a new business owner, eager for traffic. Heck you may even find a new favorite pizza place in the process.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Do What You Say You&rsquo;ll Do</strong></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">If you make a promise to donors, then keep that promise. If you think there&rsquo;s a chance you won&rsquo;t be able to fulfill the promise, then don&rsquo;t make it. People at large are jaded as it is; tired of donating money in an anonymous manner to conglomerates of aid agencies, only to find no accountability, and even worse &ndash; broken promises.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you are a small campaign, then use it to your advantage by promising accountability to your donors. If you are working on behalf of a large campaign, find something you can promise, and keep that promise. <strong>A long-term relationship with a repeat donor is worth much more than a one-time donation with a mess to clean up afterwards.</strong></p> <h3><strong>Be Passionate (and Shameless)</strong></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Nobody will give you money if you are not absolutely passionate (almost to a fault) about your cause. You must <strong>be willing to talk to anybody and everybody about your cause</strong>, and not be afraid to suggest how they can help. Once they see the look in your eye, they will be moved enough to donate.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <h2>DON&rsquo;Ts</h2> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Don&rsquo;t Get Emotional</strong></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">If you are raising money for something devastating and tragic, it is easy to become overwhelmed especially if you identify with those in need. Although channeling your emotions to make your case stronger with potential donors is okay, there is a fine line between compelling people with an emotional case, and turning them off by being an unprofessional blubbering fool. <strong>If people are to trust their money to your cause, you must be strong for them.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Don&rsquo;t be Afraid to Call on the Big Guns</strong></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">In our quest, we were in the process of contacting the King of Thailand to help us with some of the logistics of our initiative. (That particular aspect of the project fell through before we could get in touch with the Monarchy, but we were well on our way). If you can get past the gatekeepers, people in high places will often listen to your case and would like to help. It helps their own public image, and it obviously helps your project too. <strong>There&rsquo;s nothing lost in trying, and a lot to be gained if successful.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Don&rsquo;t Be Afraid to Ask</strong></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">One of the big mistakes we initially made in fundraising was that we created quite a buzz among fellow travelers in Chiang Mai, but we didn&rsquo;t come right out and ask for money. We simply expected people to hand over the cash. And in some cases they did. But eventually we realized we had to be shameless and simply ask. If somebody thought what we were doing was great, then we asked them to put their money where their mouth was (in a more delicate way of course). When they realized that even a few dollars could make a significant difference, they were happy to give &ndash; <strong>some people had automatically assumed that we were only going for sizeable donations, when anything would have sufficed</strong>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Don&rsquo;t Judge Your Friends and Family by Their Generosity (or Lack Thereof)</strong></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">You may think your cause is worth taking out a second mortgage, but your friends and family may not. Or they may appreciate the cause but not feel they have the freedom to give. Or they may just plain not appreciate your cause. You can very easily make or break friendships by holding your dear ones accountable. <strong>Don&rsquo;t.</strong> Although people starving en mass in your corner of the world may be a valiant cause to get behind, some people don&rsquo;t have the capacity to think this broadly, and instead their own personal tragedies (however small they are in comparison) are all they can deal with. This is fair.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Last, but certainly not least&hellip;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Don&rsquo;t Wear Yourself Down!</strong></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">If you are a small operation and doing all the work (as many small charities are, and as we found ourselves to be recently), you can very easily burn out. <strong>If your own health fails, then you are no good to anybody, and the project could even collapse as a result.</strong> Make sure you take care of yourself. Yes, there is always work to do, and a few more dollars to raise. Keep it all in perspective, and remember tip number one: One Step at a Time.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">You will eventually climb that mountain if you heed these dos and don&rsquo;ts. And the view from the top is pretty spectacular, despite the crevasses and obstacles you had to manage along the way.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Good luck!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fund-raising-dos-and-donts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/effective-networking-in-a-one-horse-town">Effective Networking in a One-Horse Town</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-use-social-media-in-business">13 Ways to Use Social Media in Business</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-freelance-jobs-that-pay-surprisingly-well">11 Freelance Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-free-accounting-tools-for-freelancers">5 Free Accounting Tools for Freelancers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entrepreneurship charity work donations fund raising networking NGO Mon, 26 May 2008 05:30:49 +0000 Nora Dunn 2127 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Sell Your Hair for Cash http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3460102305_d39f6975e0_z.jpg" alt="haircut" title="haircut" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I first read of selling hair in Les Miserables when Fantine sold her head of gold to clothe her daughter Cosette. The hair trade just seems like such an archaic idea, but actually high quality hairpieces are still made from real human hair and there is a huge market for sourcing natural hair. Here are some tips and information on how to sell your tresses for cash. (See also: <a title="8 Fun Ways to Make Money" href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fun-ways-to-make-money">8 Fun Ways to Make Money</a>)</p> <h3>1. Leave your hair untreated</h3> <p>Most wig makers want &quot;virgin hair&quot; that has no chemical treatment. Virgin hair is generally less damaged and would last longer in a hair piece. They also look more natural and could stand additionally treatment. So if you want to sell your hair, make sure you do not dye, perm, or bleach it.</p> <h3>2. Grow your hair out</h3> <p>Generally you need at least 10 inches of hair to be able to make a sale. This is because natural hair is usually not the same length and not all the hair is usable. Hair buyers generally want long continuous lengths of hair to make extensions and wigs.</p> <h3>3. Take good care of yourself and your hair</h3> <p>Healthy hair that shines fetch a better price in the open market. Some basic tips I have read are to brush your hair gently, eat well, and do not take any drugs since hair retains traces of the drugs you take. Also, it is best not to <a title="DIY Shampoo: The Baking Soda Experiment" href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-shampoo-the-baking-soda-experiment">shampoo</a> your hair every day because that would strip your hair of its natural oils. Smoking is also detrimental to your hair because the scent usually stays long after you light up a cigarette.</p> <h3>4. List and market your hair</h3> <p>Hairwork [will be discontinued as of&nbsp;2016]&nbsp;and <a href="http://onlinehairaffair.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Online Hair Affair</span></a> are two sites that specialize in hair trading classifieds. The first site costs $20 to post an ad, and the second offers listings starting at $10. They allow you to post a description of your hair, pictures, and your price. It is usually recommended that you get paid first and then cut your hair at a professional salon and bundle the hair in a pony tail or braid. You could also try to auction your hair on eBay or post a classified ad on Craigslist, but I think your chances are much better on the sites specializing in hair.</p> <p>How much can you make? The price buyers are willing to pay really depends on the color, length, and quality of your hair. Also, if you market it well you would have better results. Some sold listings have great photographs and descriptions. For example, one woman on specified that she grew her hair with the intention to sell and took very good care of it, and she managed to sell it for over $1000 in just a week. It took her four years to grow that hair, but $1000 is still a good return on something that is fairly painless to give up. It also seems that her research into the hair trade led to a healthy lifestyle, and that is a great bonus for her.</p> <p>If you are cutting your long locks but do not want to sell it, you can always donate it to <a title="Locks of Love" href="http://www.locksoflove.org/">Locks of Love</a>. This is a great charity that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to cancer and other diseases. Since wigs are considered cosmetic they are not covered by insurance and a lot of families cannot afford a wig made from human hair. The wigs Locks of Love gives out really provide self esteem for affected children. Their guideline for hair donation is <a title="donation guidelines" href="http://www.locksoflove.org/donate.html">posted here</a>.</p> <p>In closing, I think if you already have beautiful long hair and need a bit of cash, selling those locks is definitely something you should look into. It is quite profitable and definitely much less painful than selling any other body part.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!&nbsp;</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%20to%20Sell%20Your%20Hair%20for%20Cash.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Sell%20Your%20Hair%20for%20Cash" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Sell%20Your%20Hair%20for%20Cash.jpg" alt="How to Sell Your Hair for Cash" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spot-counterfeit-money">How to Spot Counterfeit Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-amazon-pay-you">7 Ways to Make Amazon Pay YOU!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work">Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Really Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income General Tips Health and Beauty donations hair selling Tue, 25 Mar 2008 00:10:28 +0000 Xin Lu 1947 at http://www.wisebread.com