Top 10 Tips for Year-End
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Contact: Brian Kluth Cell: 719-930-4000
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO: Billions of dollars will be given to charitable and
religious organizations by December 31st. “With the
recent inquiries by US Senator Grassley into
questionable financial and lifestyle practices of six
leading televangelists and many people’s mail boxes
flooded with donation requests, it is important to know
how to make wise decisions in making year-end
contributions,” reports generosity expert, author, and
speaker Brian Kluth. His
www.kluth.org generosity website offers these TOP 10
reminders and recommendations concerning making year-end
deductible on your 2007 taxes, donations by check must
be given or postmarked on or before Monday, December 31st.
Avoid giving loose cash or cash in an
unmarked envelope because it is not deductible
and can more easily be stolen.
electronically by December 31st visit the
organization’s website OR go to:
(this website allows you to give secure electronic
donations to any organization on its list of over 1
million non-profit organizations and houses of worship).
are a person of faith, make it a priority to generously
support your local house of worship.
your largest donations to organizations where you have
visited their offices and/or you personally know and
trust someone in the organization’s leadership.
out how much your favorite charities pays their top
executives and how they spend their donations by
reviewing their on-line 990 forms found at
Determine through the organization’s website,
and/or Google searches if the group has a track record
of effectively serving people with the donations they
receive. Be cautious about supporting organizations
that spend a large percentage of their income on
the organization and request they email or mail you a
list of special projects and programs needing year-end
funding. Also ask for a copy of their audited financial
extremely cautious about giving money to any
organization where there are verifiable reports of
extravagant luxury lifestyles by leaders or any
indication funds have been misused.
supporting evangelical religious organizations, check
the organization’s standing on the following websites:
sure the purpose and values of the organizations you
support match up with your personal beliefs and values.
said, “If you follow these guidelines in your year-end
giving decisions and you will give with greater
confidence and your donations will be wisely used to
help others.” Kluth recently authored the best selling
book, 40 Day Spiritual Journey to a More Generous
Life that is being used by churches across the
country and around the world.
Brian Kluth of
www.MAXIMUMgenerosity.org. Brian Kluth is the
author of the bestseller, 40 Day Spiritual Journey to
a More Generous Life (200,000 copies in print and
translations underway in 23 languages). His website is
ranked as one of the world’s leading websites on
Christian giving. He has been interviewed by
Kiplinger’s magazine, NBC-TV, CBN-TV, and the
Chronicle of Philanthropy. Brian is a guest
commentator on “Money Matters” 1000 station radio
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