After you’ve shopped till you drop from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, consider taking advantage of Giving Tuesday 2018 — which falls on Nov. 27 — to make a tax-deductible donation to your charity of choice. And if you donate through Facebook, the company will match your contribution.
Last year, Facebook and the Gates Foundation’s Giving Tuesday matching added an additional $2 million in funding to various nonprofits, and this year Facebook and PayPal will be matching contributions up to $7 million.
No matter how you choose to donate, there are plenty of charities across a number of causes that could benefit from your donation this year.
- Animal Welfare Institute: Aims to reduce an animal’s suffering caused by people in laboratories, on farms, in commerce, at home and in the wild.
- African Wildlife Foundation: Works to protect some of Africa’s rarest species, while also empowering the local people to conserve their natural heritage.
- PetSmart Charities: PetSmart Charities helps to find homes for half a million dogs and cats each year through adoption programs, and also helps support spay and neuter programs to reduce pet overpopulation.
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Blind and Hearing Impaired Charities
- Guide Dog Foundation: This charitable foundation provides free guide dogs and training to people who are blind, have low vision or have other disabilities.
- Hearing Health Foundation: HHF, which aims to prevent and cure hearing loss, is the largest nonprofit funder of hearing and balance research in the U.S.
- National Federation of the Blind: Runs several programs that aim to empower the blind to live their best lives.
- Breast Cancer Research Foundation: Funds research that aims to prevent and cure breast cancer.
- Cancer Research Institute: Funds research and clinical trials on immunotherapy, which can potentially cure a range of cancers.
- Prevent Cancer Foundation: This foundation’s goal is to “stop cancer before it starts” through its support of research, education, outreach and advocacy.
Child Assistance, Protection and Sponsorship Charities
- Marine Toys for Tots: Collects toys to distribute to less fortunate children at Christmastime.
- Prevent Child Abuse America: Promotes strategies and activities across all 50 states that encourage healthy childhood development and aim to prevent child abuse before it occurs.
- Ronald McDonald House Charities: Provides housing near hospitals for families of sick children, as well as rooms within hospitals where families can rest and regroup, and mobile healthcare for children.
- The Conservation Fund: Works to protect natural resources, including America’s forestland, in a way that makes both environmental and economic sense.
- Sierra Club Foundation: Promotes solutions to global warming, and conservation of public land and water sources through philanthropy and advocacy.
- World Resources Institute: Works across more than 60 countries to protect the natural resources that provide economic opportunity and human well-being around the world.
- American Kidney Fund: Helps people fight kidney disease and live healthier lives through prevention activities, educational resources and financial assistance for medical care, including dialysis and transplantation.
- American Lung Association: Works to improve lung health and prevent lung disease through education, advocacy and research.
- Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: The largest nonprofit funder of research that aims to eliminate Parkinson’s disease.
International Relief and Development Charities
- All Hands and Hearts: Addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters in the U.S. and abroad.
- Charity: water: Brings clean water to people in need.
- Operation USA: Helps children and families around the world who have been affected by natural disasters.
Mental Health and Disabilities Charities
- Alzheimer’s Association: Aims to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through innovative research, provides care and support for those affected and promotes brain health to reduce the risk of dementia.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: This voluntary health organization funds scientific research, educates the public about mental health and suicide prevention, advocates for public policies related to mental health and suicide prevention, and supports those affected by suicide.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: Raises awareness and provides support and education related to mental illness.
- Homes for Our Troops: Builds and donates specially adapted homes for post-9/11 veterans who were severely injured.
- Operation Homefront: Aids military families through financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing programs, caregiver support services and other family support programs.
- Wounded Warriors Family Support: Provides free retreats to wounded veterans and their families to help them work through emotional and psychological issues.
Youth Development Charities
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America: Provides safe spaces for millions of kids and teens where they can develop skills and build connections.
- Girls Inc.: A network of nonprofits across the U.S. and Canada that provides mentoring, academic support and programs that educate young women about healthy living and life skills.
- Scholarship America: Supports thousands of college scholarships and education assistance programs that benefit people across the U.S. and around the world.
Charity Tax Write-Off Guide
According to the IRS, you can “deduct charitable contributions of money or property made to qualified organizations if you itemize your deductions.” Most times you can deduct up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income, but 20 percent and 30 percent limitations apply in some cases.
You can deduct up to 50 percent for donations made to all public charities and public operating foundations, as well as private foundations that meet certain requirements. Contributions to certain private foundations, veterans organizations, fraternal societies and cemetery organizations are limited to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income.
If you want to ensure your donation is tax-deductible, you can refer to the IRS’ complete list of organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions, Publication 78.
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Charities were sourced from Consumer Reports’ list of “Best and Worst Charities for Your Donations.”