Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Resources for Holiday Giving

One highlight of the holiday season is the wealth of opportunities to volunteer and give charitably. Yet it can be challenging to figure how to best contribute time and resources.

Charity rating websites can help you get a sense of whether the charity you're interested in is truly effective. and Charity Navigator are two websites that evaluate charities based on their financial reports, organizational transparency, and overall effectiveness. These websites help identify charities that will make the most of your donation.

It's important to be aware that charity scams pop up during the holidays. The Federal Trade Commission has a Charity Scams page that will help you identify fraudulent charities. If you are donating to a charity based in Virginia, you can verify an organization's nonprofit status or submit a complaint through the Virginia Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs.

It can be especially fulfilling to donate one's time during the holidays. At Volunteer Match, you can search for volunteer opportunities based on your location and interests. Closer to home, the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce membership directory lists local nonprofits and charities.

If your holiday generosity extends to organizations within the community, please consider adding the Fauquier County Public Library, to your list. Our holiday tree campaign is in full swing, and we also welcome your support throughout the year.

~ Happy Holidays!

Becky @ Warrenton

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