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'Tis the Season for Efficient Charity Giving

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 By Michael Clifford/Mike Clifford, Contact
December 15, 2008

Las Vegas, NV – The down economy is driving up the number of Nevadans seeking help from charitable organizations this holiday season, but it’s also a tough year for those who want to give. Beverly Salhanick, an attorney with the Nevada Justice Association, advises charitable givers to do some research by checking with the Better Business Bureau, or using Internet resources, to find charities that align with their interests.

"You give efficiently by making sure that it's something where your dollars will go to the purpose of the nonprofit; and that means checking out the nonprofit with somebody like CharityWatch.Org, or CharityNavigator.Org."

Recessions normally cut into how much people give to charities and this economic downturn looks to be no exception. Salhanick says there are many ways to give to charity, and they don't all drain your wallet.

"If you're really, really strapped for cash, you can always volunteer. As the need grows, so does the need for volunteers."

A variety of Web sites can match Nevadans who want to volunteer with charities in need of help. Salhanick says one way to make donating easy is to use nonprofit gift shops like museum stores, or retailers that donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. The Nevada Justice Association is donating 500 toys to Toys for Tots, and they remind Nevadans to be on the lookout to avoid toys that may pose a safety hazard.

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