'Giving Tuesday' kicks off the charitable season

‘Tis better to give and big campaign starts this week.

"Giving Tuesday" is a worldwide movement that brings millions of people together to give back to their communities.

Last year, more than $180 million were raised online in just 24 hours. 

There are several campaigns planned in our area.

Click here to find out where you can give in your area.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has put out several tips to consider before donating: 

  • Use the Check-A-Charity tool online. It allows you to view a charity’s financial information and it asks the charity why it is asking for donations and what it will do with the contributions.
  • Verify charities by checking their validity. The Better Business Bureau does that, just follow this link
  • Keep good records of your donations. Printed copies of receipts will give you the chance to claim donations as a tax deduction come tax time. 

If you are not able to give monetary donations, give of your time. Many organizations offer opportunities for people to volunteer.

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