Wise Giving Wednesday: Last Minute Donations for 2021

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calendar icon Dec 29, 2021

As the year draws to a close, we thought it would be helpful to point out some end of year donation issues that might help you make last minute giving decisions.

IRS Giving Incentives for 2021

A couple of weeks ago, we reminded donors about end of year tax incentives for 2021. Visit this previous blog entry to read about the special rule that enables individuals that do not itemize on their tax returns to deduct up to $300 in cash donations ($600 for married couples filing jointly).

Super Typhoon Rai Relief

Last week we wrote about Super Typhoon Rai that struck the Philippines. Yesterday’s New York Times reports that the storm killed 389 people, injured 1,146 others, and left over half a million people in either evacuation centers or staying with friends or relatives. If you are seeking to help, see the blog’s list of BBB Accredited Charities that are raising funds for relief assistance.

Tornado Relief for Kentucky and Other Areas

Also consider helping organizations engaged in tornado relief activities for Kentucky and surrounding areas that were hit by devastating tornadoes in early December. Our blog includes a list of BBB Accredited Charities providing assistance.

Alternatives to Cash Donations

For households looking for alternatives to cash donations, consider the options included in this previous piece such as donating food, clothing, or other items to charities.

Charity Fraud Awareness

Donors should not let their guard down in making such donations. Review the fraud awareness tips we previously shared to help avoid potential threats that can take place at any time of the year.

Consider a Donation to BBB Wise Giving Alliance

We appreciate everyone who visited Give.org this year to help them make informed giving decisions. We also welcome donors to consider making a gift to BBB Wise Giving Alliance which is a charitable organization itself. Your generosity will help us extend our public outreach, complete in-depth evaluations, and support other activities to help donors and charities.

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