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The giver's guide : making your charity dollars count
Mackey, Philip English.
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Publication Information:
Highland Park, NJ : Catbird Press, [1990]

Physical Description:
275 pages ; 26 cm
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Includes index.
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HV91 .M25 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

The argument behind lowering taxes and cutting back on government funding of the arts and social services was based in part on the assumption that individuals would make up the difference by upping their charitable contributions. Statistics on philanthropy and giving, though, have demonstrated that this hasn't happened. These statistics also show that those with lower incomes contribute a larger percentage of their income than those who are more wealthy. For those who are concerned, then, about making their charity dollars count, Mackey has put together this excellent consumer guide to giving. A consultant to local charities, he advises how to determine how much one should give and to whom one should give it. He describes resources available for evaluating charities, such as IRS Form 990, and explains the standards set by the National Charities Information Bureau. Alternatives to outright contributions (such as bequests, life insurance, foundation support, property gifts, and volunteer time) are also discussed, as are the tax aspects of giving. Mackey warns of the scams and unethical practices that abound and tells how to spot them. Finally, profiles of 300 national charities and an indication of their adherence to the Information Bureau's standards are included. This valuable resource is highly recommended. No index. ~--David Rouse

Library Journal Review

Looking at American philanthropy from a consumer's viewpoint, this reference work presents clear, accurate, and concise answers to scores of questions about giving money, goods, and time to charities. A classified list of nearly 300 leading national, nonreligious charitable agencies follows, supplying brief data from the National Charities Information Bureau (NCIB) on expenditures, tax deductibility, purposes, and programs. Useful appendixes include NCIB and Better Business Bureau standards for philanthropies; goverment agencies that regulate charity organizations; the 100 largest charities in 1988; and a contributions budgeting sheet. Highly recommended for all public libraries.-- Leon ard Grundt, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.