Giving to a charitable organization has many benefits, not only for those that are in need but also for the individual that is giving. It can help you to feel good about yourself and the fact that you are making a difference in someone's life. There also going to be tax benefits that are available if you choose a charity properly. Since there are many opportunities to give to a variety of charities, you are likely wondering how to choose one that is going to do the most good. Here are a few tips that can help point you in the right direction and allow your charitable giving to have the greatest impact.

One of the most important things for you to consider when giving to a charity is how much of the money is going to actually go to the organization and how much is going to go to those who are in need. You might be surprised with the numbers, when they are broken down for you. You can contact the charity directly to ask for this information or you may be able to find it on their website. If you are not able to find the information or if they are unwilling to provide it for you, it is best if you choose a different charity.

Along with finding out how much of the money is going to the organization, it is also a good idea for you to check on the legitimacy of the charity. This can be done through the Internal Revenue Service as they have a list of all organizations which are legally registered as a charity. It is also a good idea for you to check with a variety of state and local organizations that police charities and can give you further information on the subject.

What type of charitable contribution is the organization going to accept? There are going to be those that only accept cash but there are also those that accept a vehicle donation or boat donation. Those larger items can have a significant impact on others' lives but you want to make sure that you are not impacting your life too much when you give away those items. Check to see if they are going to pick up the boat or vehicle from your home and how they are going to take care of the sale of those pieces of property. You should also see if they allow you to distribute the money to a charitable organization of your choosing or if they choose where the money is distributed.

Above all, make sure that you are willing to ask questions and look below the surface when you're doing any type of charitable giving. This is not only important when it comes to verifying the charity and making sure that the bulk of the money is going to go to those in need, it is also important for tax reasons. After all, if you are going to give a physical item such as a car, you want to make sure that you are reporting it on your taxes properly. Make sure that the charitable organization provides you with the forms that are necessary to do so legally.

Author's Bio: 

The author of this article has been working in a non-profit organization for over 10 years dealing with boat donation and vehicle donation. During his free time he loves to volunteer at organizations around the world to help out those in needs.