Donating to a charity will make you feel good about yourself and will help your community, country or planet. And if you make that donation before 2008 ends, it will also help your financial situation because you’ll be able to write off the donation on your taxes in 2009. If you don’t have a favorite charity already, here are some suggestions:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital provides patient care for children afflicted with cancer and other catastrophic diseases and researches these diseases.
The World Wildlife Fund aims to protect natural areas and wild populations of plants and wildlife worldwide. But if you’d like to give locally, check out Animal Charities of America, which is a nonprofit federation that pre-screens high quality national charities working to protect animals.
The National Veterans Foundation brings awareness to the needs of America’s veterans. It also provides veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment and other essential resources.
The Natural Resources Defense Council works to restore Earth’s air, land and water and defends endangered natural places.
If you can’t afford to make a monetary donation now, you can also make an in-kind donation or volunteer your time. Keep reading »
There’s only 16 days left in 2008 and 120 days left until you absolutely HAVE TO pay taxes. That’s why you should make any big purchases, which can be written off, before the end of the year — for example, I seriously need a computer at home so I don’t have to tote my laptop home every evening. If I hit up the Mac store and buy it before December 31, I’ll be able to write it off on my taxes when I file on April 15. Yeah, yeah, yeah, the economy is in shambles and a computer is a big purchase, but if you need something anyway, you should buy it now so you can benefit financially, at least a little, in 2009.
See all the ways to make the most of the last 31 days of 2008 here. Keep reading »