Giving is the reason for the season, and there’s still time to make a difference. A generous donation is always welcome for any charity, and an end-of-the-year donation can add the benefit of a nice tax write off. If you want to up your charitable donations before the calendar flips to 2016, there’s still time!
Tips for boosting your charitable giving
- Check to see if your employee offers matching donations.
- Contact your favorite organizations to find out if they prefer donations of cash or physical items.
- Call your favorite charity to see if they are offering matching funds and find out if there are any special requirements, for example if the funds must be given in a certain time period.
- Consider donating your car. The tax write-off might be more of a benefit than the trade-in value.
- Always check Charity Navigator before donating to a new charity.
Our Favorite Charities
The Good Stuff and Coupons.com staff have shared some of their favorite charitable organizations and what they mean to them.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center — the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center — has devoted more than 130 years to exceptional patient care, innovative research, and outstanding educational programs. People from all over the world come to seek treatment at this leading facility.
Personally, I have had both family and friends treated at their state of the art campus and serve on the Mens Committee where I organize fund-raising events and evangelize the mission of the Center. — Michael O’Neal, Vice President of Business Development
This organization rescues girls in India and other countries from human trafficking. They help them get their lives together and train them in the art of jewelry making. The women create, make and sell their jewelry. Made By Survivors provides excellent housing for these girls, training and keeps them safe. I read about the woman who started this program and did an eight minute short documentary on them called “From Hell To Heaven”. I got the title from an interview with one of the girls….she said she had lived in hell but now is in Heaven. — Jeanette Pavini, Coupons.com Savings Expert
The Compound Foundation is a national organization founded in 2007 by Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith and his business partner Reynell Hay to enhance the well-being of youth growing up in foster care and group homes. The Foundation’s goal is to support bright futures for young people by helping them to forge healthy relationships, pursue education and training, learn entrepreneurship basics and realize their dreams.
A close friend of mine, Jodie Blum, is passionate about our youth and providing those youth in challenging circumstances with opportunities to excel and realize their potential. Her efforts and own personal experiences match perfectly with Shaffer C. Smith (NE-YO’s) Compound Foundation. Jodie is a board member, which allows her to continue to affect the lives of youth in foster care in the most courageous and positive ways. I’ve witnessed the impact that she herself has had on several young folks and how her effort has turned lives in the right direction. Amazing!!! — Kelley F., Director, Partnerships Development, eComm
This Bay Area non-profit is dedicated to pit bull rescue, training, and education. What’s unique is their emphasis on helping owners of pit bulls raise healthy, happy dogs through free or low-cost medical services, trainings, and even a program to help owners find/keep their homes (many apartments will not allow pit bulls). They played big role in the Vick Dogs case where they rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed many dogs that were abused (and worse) by Michael Vick.
Obviously this is personal because my dog, Roxy, is a pit bull and she’s the best dog in the world (aside from Jasper – the second best dog in the whole world). — Helen Fang, GM Specialty Retail
My childhood friend was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago. She is one of the most positive people I know and still continues to fight the disease today. Her energy and kindness is an inspiration to others. I donate for her and all of us women, in hopes that one day a cure can be found to save the lives of friends, sisters, mothers, daughters.
My daughter has cleft lip and palate. This organization provides surgeries for children who can’t find or afford them. In many countries, children with this deformity can’t speak and have a normal life, when just 1-2 surgeries turns their life around. All doctors are volunteering so the expense is only $200 per surgery for medicine and materials.
This is a lovely sponsor-driven facility for dogs, cats and rabbits. I like the HSSV because they have cute marketing campaigns and this month they are matching all donations. All the more reason to give. — Rishi Mahalaha, Senior Marketing Manager
I like this charity because it helps children in need both in the USA and all over the world. Almost all proceeds go directly to the children in need. The charity helps children in 120 countries, providing support for health, education, protection, disaster relief and so much more. — Safeta B.
My daughter has epilepsy and to know that The Epilepsy Foundation is helping families with children that suffer from this means a lot. When your child is having seizures, it’s so scary and you feel so helpless. The Epilepsy Foundation has helped some of Josie’s friends and it’s amazing to see the help they are receiving and appreciation they have. — Kate S.
“Since 2003, we’ve set up and organized Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 100 hospitals worldwide. Over the years, you as a community have answered the call and come together to raise millions of dollars.
Child’s Play works in two ways. With the help of hospital staff, we set up gift wish lists full of video games, toys, books, and other fun stuff for kids. By clicking on a hospital location on our map, you can view that hospital’s wish list and send a gift.
Child’s Play also receives cash donations throughout the year. With those cash donations, we purchase new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. These donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.”
A lot of times I feel very fortunate regarding my life and I feel strongly to share some of my good fortune with young kids facing terrible physical and mental conditions. With my gifts of toys and games, they can find a temporary escape into a cool world where they aren’t in pain. — N. Shah, Senior Manager, Marketing Analytics
It’s hard to keep track ourselves about all the battles that are fought in the court rooms for things that affects us and our environment directly. I know earth justice has our environment interest in mind when going to court against big corporations or governments and that matters to me. — Stefan and Muriel Carpentier
I have type 2 diabetes and this foundation was set up to help children cope with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is born in them and they have to take insulin from the time they are born, once or twice a day. They have to monitor their food intake, their play time, everything and for young children to have to be that disciplined at such young ages is huge.
The JDRF has been researching a cure for type 1 diabetes for many years and is the only foundation dedicated to Type 1 diabetic children. — Derrick D.
The Wounded Warrior Project helps military members and veterans who have been injured in the line of duty. When my husband was injured and medically evacuated from his deployment, the Wounded Warrior Project made sure he had support, clothing, and care while in the hospital. They also have projects that help Wounded Warriors overcome combat stress, undergo physical rehabilitation, and gain access to higher education training programs. — Katie M. Marketing Associate
Do you have a favorite cause or charitable organization? Share with us in the comments!