Do you really know where your charity dollars go? Some charitable organizations do a great job of efficiently getting the dollars to the need. Others have high overhead, big executive salaries and fancy office space.
Before you write that check, check the facts at a reliable source such as www.charitynavigator.org. If you wish to deduct your contribution, you should also check their IRS status at https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/search-for-charities.
For many of us, 2017 has been a prosperous year. However, there are many still in need - for that consider your local food bank. If you are served by a volunteer rescue or fire group, don't overlook their needs - the cost of providing quality equipment and supplies is great. If you enjoy the art, theatre, or musical presentations, consider them as well - ticket prices are only a small portion of their revenue.
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2018!