Are You Ready for “Giving Tuesday”?

The holidays are a good time to remember worthy charities. So, in addition to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we have Giving Tuesday, the “day for giving back.”  (

Yes, I do have my favorite charities.  If you don’t, allow me to make some suggestions.

First, do some homework.  Several organizations rate charities; I subscribe to the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance  (  They rate charities on 20 standards and publish reports, both in a magazine and on their website.

Second, if you don’t have a favorite charity, a good place to look is Universal Giving (  This organization helps people find charities around the world.  All projects are vetted, and 100 percent of each donation goes directly the cause.

Third, small contributions can make a big difference.  If you don’t believe me, read “How to Change the World with Ten Dollars” (  It’s amazing what can be done when people band together.

Now it’s your turn.  It will make your holidays.

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