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No one has ever become poor by giving - Anne Frank


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Charities and fund raising events are the life blood of hundreds of facilities, programs and research projects around the world. Find out who they are and what they do.

"Maimonides, a 12th century Jewish scholar, invented the following ladder of giving. Each rung up represents a higher degree of virtue:

1. The lowest: Giving begrudgingly and making the recipient feel disgraced or embarrassed.

2. Giving cheerfully but giving too little.

3. Giving cheerfully and adequately but only after being asked.

4. Giving before being asked.

5. Giving when you do not know who is the individual benefiting, but the recipient knows your identity.

6. Giving when you know who is the individual benefiting, but the recipient does not know your identity.

7. Giving when neither the donor nor the recipient is aware of the other's identity.

8. The Highest: Giving money, a loan, your time or whatever else it takes to enable an individual to be self-reliant." Source: Eight Rungs of the Giving Ladder, Charity Watch.

"Don't be intimidated by online giving. Online giving has the potential for enormous good by saving billions of dollars in fundraising costs and allowing charities to more efficiently communicate with donors. If your favorite charities take adequate precautions, giving to them online should be no more risky than handing a waiter in a restaurant your credit card." Source: What You Need to Know to Donate Safely Online, Charity Watch.

But before you donate, take time and conduct some background research. Not every charity is charitable. So, who's your favorite?

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