With the holidays fast approaching, many turn their thoughts to helping others by donating to charity. On top of that, it is not lost on many that you can increase your overall tax efficiency by donating to charity. If you itemize your deductions, the end of the year is a good time to donate if you need to reduce your taxable income before year’s end. Whether you are donating out of the goodness of your heart, or whether you want the tax deduction, or whether it is a little of both, the good news is that donating to charity has never been easier. In some case, you don’t even have to use your own money (but you won’t get a tax deduction for that).

Technology and Donating to Charity

The Internet has made it possible to donate quickly and easily to a variety of charities. Many charities will accept your credit card or PayPal payment online. In some cases, as was quite popular during the Haiti earthquake relief efforts, it is possible to use your cell phone to donate to charity. Going online to make a donation can be an easy way to donate. Just make sure that you print out the confirmation page to serve as a receipt for your donation, since you are required to document charitable giving for your tax return.

In addition to making it easy to donate your own money to charity, you can provide donations without spending a dime of your own money. Thanks to a number of interesting sites on the Internet, it is possible to donate to charity online without making an actual donation. Here are three sites that can help you donate:

Care 2

This site is devoted to human rights, animal welfare and green living. The idea is that you can support different causes, simply by clicking on them. The program continues with the help of advertisers funding click-throughs. Direct help to causes that matter the most to you.

Browse For A Cause

You can help your favorite charity as you browse the Internet. Simply install the add-on, and when you make purchases online, a portion of what you spend ends up being donated to the charities you choose. The money comes from affiliate programs associated with Browse For A Cause, and then the affiliate money is donated to the charities you choose.


This is one of my favorites. It’s a game that allows you to donate to charity as you answer questions. Every time you answer a question correctly, grains of rice are donated to the U.N. World Food program. The donations are funded by advertisers.

As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities to do some good. The Internet has made it possible for more people to have a wider impact on the world around them. If you are looking for a way to help others, you can donate your own money via the Internet.

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    Research, Research, and Research. But I would highly recommend donating to Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and their Car Donation Program. This organization is amazing. As a volunteer, I found it easy to get to know the organization and I was able to see exactly where our donated dollars and donated vehicles helped needy families and individuals. Their http://cardonationcc.org/ program provides free and fast pick up service of your working or non-working car. It also provides donors with a tax deductible receipt.

    Again, donate your car to your local Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities is a Four Star Charity Navigator and helps children with after school programs, seniors with adult day care programs, individuals seeking for work with employment services, adults with mental health services, and also helps resettle refugees who have fled their home due to forced displacement, genocide, rape as a weapon, torture, and untold traumas. In California, San Jose, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County has an amazing car donation program: For more information visit http://cardonationcc.org/ or visit http://catholiccharitiesscc.org/. I hope this helps. Good luck!

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