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Get tax breaks for charitable giving

Susan B. Garland, Editor, and Kiplinger's Retirement Report •
Kiplinger

Charity fund-raising reaches a fever pitch in the holiday season — and your mailbox will likely be stuffed with appeals for help. Before you open your wallet, you need to understand the complex IRS record-keeping and other rules. Also, make sure the charity is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. Search the IRS database of exempt

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The Mural Building: Bernie’s Book Bank

Wintrust

Our current mural celebrates the importance of literacy—especially financial literacy—and highlights a great local organization working to encourage reading and education: Bernie’s Book Bank.  Bernie’s Book Bank facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of new and gently used children’s books to increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. The organization

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Charitable giving with an impact

Susan B. Garland, Editor, and Kiplinger's Retirement Report •
Kiplinger

Want to be sure your charitable dollars are going to good use? For many donors these days, it’s not enough that a charity has a worthy mission or keeps its overhead low. Before they hand over cash, these donors are giving nonprofits the same hard-nosed scrutiny that they give their investments. Consider Jean Krasnow of

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How to build a nonprofit organization

Travis Barker •
Business2Community

The steps towards Building a nonprofit organization will vary depending on your organization’s location. Despite the different steps identified per country there remain many shared steps which we’ll discuss below: Step One – Incorporating as a nonprofit: Identify what type of corporation you want to create and submit the appropriate forms, documents, and information to

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The etiquette of fundraising

Staff Writer, Miriam Cross, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance •
Kiplinger

Lending your financial support to worthy causes feels good – until you feel sapped by frequent requests. Learn how to decline a request or solicit donations from others without overstepping boundaries, and give money in a way that’s meaningful. My friend asked me to contribute to a film project he is crowdfunding, but I would

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