Jean Chatzky's Guide to Holiday Giving
Have a Giving Plan
Right off the bat, you need to decide how much money you're going to be able to give this year. It may be a bit less than in years past, but that's perfectly fine—every little bit counts, and the causes you support will be thankful for it. Once you've worked out a number your budget can support, put some thought into how and where you'd like to allocate that money.