Do Good By Giving

December 17, 2012 1:26 PM
Do Good By Giving
" BOSTON (CBS) – This time of year, everyone wants your money. You are getting pleas from charities on your computer, in the mail and on TV. Twenty-five percent of annual giving is done between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year.

There are more than 600,000 public charities all wanting our support. When you decide to support a charity, look beyond the razzle-dazzle. You want to look at the program ratio. That’s the percentage of the charity’s income that goes to administrative costs and fundraising. The smaller that number the more money that goes to doing the work of the charity. Several good websites for checking on charitable giving: , ,

So who do you help and how much do you give if you have any dollars left in your charitable budget? When my kids were little, I wanted to teach them that indeed “It is better to give than to receive”. Not an easy lesson for kids especially at Christmas.

We held a family meeting to decide where our contributions were going for the next year "

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