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Lending a helping hand to someone in need is a great way to pay it forward for the small comforts in your own life—a roof over your head, food on the table, and your loved ones around you. You can help those less fortunate by donating to one of several charities in Massachusetts. These acts of kindness can greatly improve the lives of others and provide you with the knowledge that your efforts make a difference in someone’s life.

How to Donate

Charitable organizations provide a variety of services to those most in need. With many charities asking for your assistance, it’s important to give wisely.

  1. Find a cause you are passionate about – Donating can directly benefit the issues you care about the most. Looking to help the homeless and the hungry? Reach out to one of the many food banks in the Commonwealth. If you love animals, contacting an animal shelter for information on contributing can be a great idea. Additionally, you can assist families in need by providing baby supplies, books, clothes, and household items.
  1. Research the charity – As part of the “Donating Dos and Don’ts” it’s important to know to where your money is going. While most foundations are reputable and legitimate, there are a few that are not. When supporting and evaluating charities you can review the organization’s federal Form 990, search through the Non-Profits & Charities Document database, or ask directly for their financial statements.
  1. Document your donations – Many contributions are tax deductible. In order to be eligible for deductions, keep track of how much you’ve given and to what organizations, obtain a receipt for your donation if possible.
  1. Encourage family and friends – Giving charitably to others promotes community ties and bring happiness to those who need it most. Telling those close to you about opportunities to donate can inspire them to do the same.

Contributions of all sizes and value can help change the lives of those in need. If you are unable to provide monetary gifts, you can give your time instead by volunteering. Make donating a part of your holiday traditions. For more information, contact the Attorney General of Massachusetts.

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