When Making Donations, Know An Agency’s Needs

The New York Times asked for our perspective on best ways to give this holiday season. “Donors can tell if they get a warm glow when giving,” said Kat Rosqueta. “But it’s harder to tell whether they made a difference. It’s easier to know how you feel than the effect on the beneficiary.” When donating clothes and other products, it’s important to differentiate between various needs and organizations. For example, if someone donates $50 worth of canned foods to a food pantry, a check for that amount could actually buy two or three times as much food.

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