How to make tax deductible donations
The end of the year is here, but it's not too late to consider a last-minute, tax-deductible donation to a worthy organization. One of our favorites is Heifer International, a nonprofit group that provides those in need with sustainable sources of food and income.
By giving to Heifer, you can help build long-term solutions to the problem of world hunger. Founded in 1944, the organization was born when Dan West, an American relief worker during the Spanish Civil War, realized the milk rations he was distributing to hungry children wouldn't be enough. As a farmer, it occurred to him that providing the families with their own heifers would both end their hunger more effectively and give them a sense of empowerment. He was right: Heifer has been going strong for over 60 years, assisting 8.5 million people in more than 125 countries.
At www.heifer.org, you'll find many ways to give:
Heifer also has entered the realm of microlending — they provide 'start-up capital' in the form of farm animals, small cash loans to purchase equipment or supplies and training to help borrowers become entrepreneurs. (Read more about microlending and its amazing success in our report on Kiva.org.)