Charity in the United States: myths and facts

Before you donate money (goods, services) to charity, carefully read this material. We have selected the most common myths about donations in the United States and strengthened them with real facts.

1. Donations are not taxed.

Very wealthy Americans donate millions of dollars to charity, not because I have a big kind heart, but because the donated amount can many times reduce their tax payments.

It should be remembered that not all charitable organizations will allow you to write off donations. So before you shell out, make sure that the object of your philanthropy received from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service — IRS) status as tax-exempt.

2. The youth and the elderly skimp on the donation.

It is considered that their budgets charities replenish exclusively by adults of working children. In fact, working adults are least likely fork out to help the sick, the poor and disadvantaged.

The old and young, by contrast, comprehensively help the needy. The first to be involved in all sorts of charities (including the Internet). The pensioners willing to respond to emails for assistance from charitable organizations by donating each time $3 — $5.

3. In America there is a secret list of donors.

Some people are afraid to donate even one dollar via Bank payment or credit card. There is a chance that your data use other charitable organizations. As a consequence to your home address will start receiving numerous letters with appeals for help.

Thus, a California resident, donated to three organizations for $10, a week after his noble deed began to receive more than 100 emails daily. With a man who originally pursued the best of intentions, refused to work even the local post office.

Before you donate, check your privacy policy. Each private individual or organization it is different.

4. Clothing and shoes — the best money.

To donate clothes and shoes are much safer and more reliable than the money. Experts estimate that one large bag of baby clothes, donated by private charitable organization that helps children in 5 to 6 countries of the world. For example, Daniel Ollis from Wisconsin, gave a pair of jeans African children, received nearly ten years later a letter in the mail. It said that jeans Allisa still alive. The jeans managed to flaunt a few winners together and expressed gratitude.

5. To help one person is better than multiple.

In psychological terms, it really is. The experts found that Americans often ignore the calls like «help the millions of children who have autism», but quickly fork out when phrases like «6-year-old John Johnson of Pittsburgh, who suffers from autism, needs your support.»

The most honest organizations provide constant contact between the needy and the benefactor. For example, a 70-year-old Melissa perks takes care of 12-year-old Philly Gig from Sierra Leone. They exchange pictures, talk on video and send from time to time each other gifts. The perks did not regret that spend to charity $50 per month.

6. Homeless you can’t give money.

In 1989 the new Yorker albert Smith proved that the homeless received from passers-by spend money on alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. «If you really want to help the homeless, feed him or dress, said Smith. Otherwise, you will only push the homeless to the very edge of the abyss. For cash he can’t buy anything useful.»

7. Donations improve credit history.

One hundred percent true. Active charity brings nothing except tax cuts, social approval and self-satisfaction. Even if you spend 99% of their earnings to charity, then your credit history will not increase even on point.

It is important to know that too active philanthropists quite often fall under the total test banks and the IRS. Philanthropic activity in the crisis period looks suspicious.

8. Boss — the conscience of a charitable organization.

Another curious pattern brought Texas psychologist Peter Hill. He urged people not to spend money on donations if they don’t know anything about the leader and founder of the charity. «If the organization engaged in real Affairs, there is no strict hierarchy, said Hill. The Director must be the same public persona as his workers».

In my opinion, very good advice. Sometimes hard working people donate a couple dollars to street teen with a jar-piggy Bank, the head of which lives in a luxurious house and gets astronomical wages. Consequently, out-of-pocket people pay and part pay the big boss.

9. Donations less than $10 is useless.

There is a myth that the «processing» of one of the potential philanthropist, the charitable organization spends $10. Letters, small gifts (like postcards and stickers), as well as phone calls. Allegedly to donate less than $10 — it is useless.

Actually it is not so. Almost all charitable organizations have certain benefits that apply to telephone and mail services and organization of public events. Consequently, the cost of campaigning is minimal. So a one-time donation in the amount of $1 to $3 is an acceptable amount.

10. To help political organizations is dangerous.

Unfortunately, some perfectly legitimate charities have a reputation for being «extremist». Helping some organizations like the Movement for a tax-free life (Tax Protest Movement), you can get big problems.

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