Living Room / KitchenContemporary Living Room, New York
© Robert Granoff
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9. Make a donation. Giving to a cause you passionately care about can be empowering. And April tends to be a fiscal low point for most charities. (Many get a third or more of their donations in December.) What issue has been on your mind lately? Check online to see what organizations are working on that challenge and see which one resonates most with you.If you’d feel better knowing how they administer the funds they receive, check out the nonprofit’s ratings by looking it up at Charity Watch, Charity Navigator or BBB Wise Giving Alliance. These three watchdog organizations are all recommended by Consumer Reports. Once you feel confident about how the charity you’ve selected spends its money, give as generously as you can. And remember, your employer may have a giving program that will match your donation. The one offered by my husband’s company makes the process easy. It really is satisfying knowing we’ve doubled our impact just by filling out a simple form online. That’s what I call a high return on investment. When your birthday or the winter holidays roll around, you might consider asking for a donation to be made in your name. By now, my friends and relatives know I much prefer donations to more stuff.
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