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Making Sure Your Charity Gets the Most Out of Your DonationBY: Tim Jones | Category: Finance | Submitted: 2012-05-21 23:53:41
Article Summary: "There are many of us who enjoy giving to charity, but before you give something large, such as a car or perhaps even a boat, be sure that you understand some things about the organization that is going to receive that charitable contribution..."
There are many of us who enjoy giving to charity, but before you give something large, such as a car or perhaps even a boat, be sure that you understand some things about the organization that is going to receive that charitable contribution. After all, you would want to ensure that everything went well for that organization as well as for the charity that may be supported. There are also many reasons why you should consider the organization because it must go well for you when it comes to tax time. Here are some things to consider for donating a large item so that it works out to your advantage.
There are many large items that can be donated to charitable organizations. You can donate a boat or yacht donation, if you have one available. Cars, trucks, and vans tend to be very popular choices for donating to charity as well. There are even some charitable organizations which will take larger household items, such as appliances and resell them on the market to donate the money to charity. It is important that you choose an organization that is going to handle any type of charitable contribution that you wish to make.
It is also a good idea if you look closely at the charity and see what type of organizations they support. Many shareable groups that accept larger donations, such as vehicles are going to allow you some freedom to choose where the money is donated. It is likely that you are going to have to choose from a list of approved recipients, however, and you will not be able to simply choose one of your own liking. More than likely, you are going to find an organization that meets your criteria among those that are available on the list.
Have you considered how you are going to deliver the vehicle, boat, or other larger item? If the organization is in your local area, it may be an easy thing for you to drive the boat to their area to make the donation. On the other hand, there may be some advantage to donating the items to an organization that is far away from your local area. If you are donating to an organization that is further away, consider how the item is going to be delivered. It is best if you choose an organization that handles the pickup and the delivery process so that you do not need to be concerned over it at that time.
Finally, it is a good idea if you look into the tax advantages of donating one of these items in advance. After all, you are not going to be able to simply put down some sort of random number on your tax return, as there are specific forms that are going to need to be filed. In some cases, the organization that accepts the donations is going to be able to give you the assistance in this regard, but there are also times when you are going to need to use your own accountant.
About Author / Additional Info:
Tim Jones is the author of this article about charities. Having experience in this fied he explains that before you decide to make a yacht donation or donate boat you do your homework and follow his advise so the charity gets as much out of it as possible. visit us: http://www.angelforhope.com/
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