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Give With Your Heart And Your Head

As the season of giving draws near, now is a great time to share that spirit with nonprofits! Nonprofit organizations receive the majority of their donations around the holiday season. For personal, religious, and financial reasons, donors give more during this time of the year. Here are some tips to help guide your giving and increase the impact it has on the world.

Know your values: Find the organizations that work towards the goals, missions and values that you want to support. A great place to start is on our Campaigns page, where you can find Top Rated organizations supporting a range of topics and issues. Some issues you may be interested in:

Do you want to support the people and families who have fought for our country? Check out these nonprofits that help blind veterans, provide low cost housing to families visiting veterans in the hospital, or send letters and care packages to soldiers overseas: Top Military Families Nonprofits

http://greatnonprofits.org/issues/military-families

Do you believe in the life-changing impact of education on a person? Check out these nonprofits that provide mentoring to youth, distribute classroom supplies to teachers of children in need at no cost, or provide music education at under-resourced schools: Top Education Nonprofits

http://greatnonprofits.org/issues/education-4-all

Do you want to help protect the environment and the creatures that inhabit it? Check out these nonprofits that plant trees and foster community throughout cities, provide educational sailing trips for underprivileged youth, or protect and advocate for endangered species and their habitats. Top Green Nonprofits

http://greatnonprofits.org/issues/green-choice

Read the reviews: Get the on-the-ground scoop about the nonprofits' work through GreatNonprofits reviews. Read about people's experiences with the organization as volunteers, donors, board members, or recipients of the service. These will help you to fully understand how the organization works and what it's human impact. Add your own reviews to organizations you're passionate about so that other's can benefit from them too!

Know the organization: Once you've found an organization that aligns with your values and interests, check out their website. Contact them via email to see if they have any events or tours available where you can learn more about them.

Know where your money's going: Make sure your donation goes where you intend it to go. Should you donate to a specific program or the organization as a whole? Is there a certain fund you want to give to within the nonprofit? Call or email the organization to understand your giving options. Also, you may want to ask where the money is needed most, and what your gift will be used for.