We all have certain causes that we choose to support monetarily. In fact, in 2017, Americans gave more than $410 billion to charities, breaking the $400 billion mark for the first time in history.
But anytime that we give our money to an organization, it’s important to do our due diligence, ensuring that the funds that we give will be used effectively.
There are several ways you can do this, starting with using the resources provided from websites such as GuideStar.org and CharityNavigator.org. Both of these sites offer a tremendous amount of information on all registered charities, along with quick access to the organization’s 990 as well. And if you don’t have a charity picked out, but have a cause you want to support, you can search available giving options as well. Here are a few things you want to consider when deciding whether to support a charity: