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501(c)…huh? Part 3 of 4

May 9, 2007 Alanna 0

Continued from Parts 1 & 2 501(c)(19) These are veterans’ organizations. Contributions to 501(c)(19) organizations are deductible as charitable donations if at least 90% of the members are war veterans. (There are still 501(c)(4) veterans’ organizations around and the same […]

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501(c)…huh? Part 2 of 4

May 2, 2007 Alanna 0

Continued from Part 1 501(c)(4) 501(c)(4) tax exempt organizations include lobbying organizations and ones that primarily focus on social welfare. Other 501(c)(4) organizations are civic leagues, local associations of employees and some volunteer fire departments. Generally, contributions to these types […]

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501(c)…huh? Part 1 of 4

April 25, 2007 Alanna 5

One of the reasons people give donations to charitable organizations (besides the warm fuzzy feeling inside) is that a federal income tax deduction may be in order. But when can you deduct these contributions? And what is considered a “contribution”? […]

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Tragedies breed scams

April 18, 2007 Alanna 1

Why is it that when as soon as tragedy strikes, scammers are there ready to take advantage of the emotions and generosity of people? Just like 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and others, there are already organizations popping up related to the […]

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Be a Smart Donor–Demand Transparency & Accountability!

April 13, 2007 Alanna 6

The Better Business Bureau stresses importance on charity accountability and transparency. The BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance evaluates charities against 20 voluntary Standards for Charity Accountability in our Charity Reporting Service. We ask charities to fill out a questionnaire that asks […]

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Want to Donate to a Charity? Contact the BBB first!

March 24, 2007 Alanna 1

Many people know that the Better Business Bureau provides Reliability Reports for businesses. But what about nonprofit organizations and charities that solicit for donations? The BBB reports on those entities too! The BBB has a national and local Charity Reporting […]