Best Charities for your Tax Deductions

It’s tax season, a time for reflection, pauses, teeth-grinding and good times with our good pals, as Jenny writes:

    “Tis the season of tax deductions and all that (dropped off a bag of stuff at Goodwill on Saturday– it was a freakin’ madhouse. But I digress…). I’ve found Charity Navigator to be a tremendous help when trying to find the biggest bang for my charitable buck.”

Don’t be fooled, this is not a guide to somehow getting more money off your taxes. Rather, it’s like a Hoover’s for charities, so you can see which ones will be able to do the most good with your donation, based on their organizational efficiency, reputation, expenses and so on.

Get those deducts in with confidence.


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  1. mrscolex says:

    Heres a quote from the same tip I sent consumerist back in January 10th, based on great info from charity navigator:

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    For instance, did you know that The Make-A-Wish foundation of America is only rated 2 out of 4 stars? (Their international brethren get 4 stars). Stars are apparently rated on operational efficiency of the charity itself.

    or that the “BRADY CENTER TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE” (presumably after the Brady law?) is only a one-star charity?

    Or that the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation only uses about 50% of its donations towards it’s own programs? The rest go to administration costs and fundraising. (How’s that for Reaganomics?)
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