Steering Clear of Fundraising Scams
Your Charitable Dollar
Making a Difference
It's no coincidence that so many charities do heavy fund-raising during the holidays. In this season of giving, it's hard to say no. We don't want to be the Scrooges who turn our miserly backs on those who need our help.
We don't want to be foolish givers, either. We don't want to be taken advantage of by fraudulent organizations or phony causes. We don't want our charitable impulses to lead us into giving more than we can afford or giving in ways we later regret. We don't want to be so overwhelmed by requests that we just stop charitable giving at all.
One solution to this charitable dilemma is to become a cold-blooded giver. That doesn't mean being cold-hearted; it just means giving more consciously so your gifts actually carry out your good intentions. Here are some ways to give in cold blood.
When you consciously choose to nurture goals that are important to you, you're taking an active part in making good things happen. Whether you define it as your neighborhood or the whole world, you're helping make your community a better place. Giving with cold-blooded deliberation is a great way to transform your warm-hearted intentions into effective action.
Despite college majors in English and art, editor and author Kathleen Fox has never had a job that required her to ask, "Would you like fries with that?" She has, however, built computers, served as executive director of a company that offered co-dependency workshops, and edited or ghost-written numerous self-help books and articles. Kathleen publishes a weekly humor column at www.foxcraftinc.com and a weekly column on money management at www.consciousfinance.com. As her kids could attest, she was frugal when frugal wasn't cool, and she presents workshops on thrift and wise money management. She is the co-author with Rick Kahler, CFP®, of Conscious Finance (FoxCraft 2007).
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