5 Steps For Planning Charitable Giving

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There are so many generous people in the world who, through their charitable giving, make a difference in the lives of others in need or help fund important research and programs. 1-800-Charity Cars depends on monetary and vehicle donations to conduct our award winning car donation program. We appreciate every donor who helps us to provide free donated vehicles to struggling families to assist them in their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency.

The Original 1-800 Charity Cars wants to offer you these tips for when you are planning charitable giving, this way you can ensure your generous donations are making the most impact for others as well as for yourself.

STEP ONE: ASK YOURSELF WHY?

The first step to planning charitable giving is to ask yourself why do you want to give? Knowing why you desire to make charitable donations can help you decide what you wish to accomplish by donating and where your donations should go.

STEP TWO: ASK YOURSELF WHERE?

You should take time to consider what cause you want your donations to go towards (i.e. to feed the hungry, to help domestic violence victims, to help the homeless, etc.). By deciding on where you want to make an impact, you can narrow down the list of charities that exist where you will be directly making a difference for the cause that is most important to you.

STEP THREE: ASK YOURSELF HOW MUCH AND WHAT YOU CAN GIVE?

Next, you need to budget your time, money or goods to figure out how much you can give and what you can give. If you’re looking to give your time and services through volunteering, sit down and put together a time budget. Figuring out where your time is being spent now and what time you have to give will help you make the most of your volunteer time. If you are looking to make financial donations, you can make a charitable giving budget the same way you would a living expenses budget. It is amazing how much more you can actually give when looking at your overall finances and where the money is being spent. You might discover that you have more leftover to give or can make adjustments on unnecessary spending to make more funds available for charitable giving. If you like to donate goods, such as clothing, shoes, or household goods, you can decide to do a routine clean out every few months, so you are not only clutter free but regularly giving to the disadvantaged.

STEP FOUR: ASK YOURSELF HOW OFTEN OR WHEN YOU WILL GIVE:

Are you a once a year, a few times a year or a monthly donor? Discovering how often you will give can help you make the most of your donations. Knowing if you are an annual giver, monthly giver, one who responds to a crisis and gives, or a follower of a particular cause will help you when planning charitable giving.

STEP FIVE: GET OTHERS INVOLVED

Last but not least; involve your family, friends and co-workers in planning charitable giving. Surrounding yourself with people who are like minded towards charitable giving can lead to great ideas through brainstorming, group efforts, larger impacts being made and the ability to make broader goals for your charitable giving.

1-800-Charity Cars, a national non-profit car donation charity, would like to invite you to add our organization to your thoughts when planning charitable giving and let you know how your donation makes a difference. 1-800-Charity Cars has been providing reliable transportation to people in need since 1996. You can help change the lives of struggling families by making a monetary donation or used car donations to 1-800-Charity Cars today. To donate your boat, car, truck or RV in any condition, running or not – with free towing provided nationwide, just give us a call at 1-800-CHARITY (1-800-242-7489 x 2) or use our easy online donation form. You can also utilize our online donation services through JustGive or PayPal found at www.800charitycars.org