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Jean Chatzky's Guide to Holiday Giving

Dollars are tight across the country, but many people are still making room in their budgets for charitable contributions, particularly with the holidays right around the corner. Learn how to stretch your resources to do the most good.

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.