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November 2005 Newsletter
Wise Giving to Charity, Effective Volunteering and How to Make Charities More Effective

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This month we focus on wise giving to charities and how to have a more effective and fulfilling volunteer experience. Brand new articles and additional relevant material from our website are included in each issue.

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New: The Importance of Charities - an effective way to make a difference

Wise Giving
It pays to know your charity. Groups doing similar work may use more than 98% or less than 1% of donations on actual programs. (Some expenses are always needed for fund raising and administration.) See the articles below for more information:

Wise Giving to Charities - ten ways to help ensure your donations are used well, by a leading advocate of effective giving. Some additional info on relief for disasters.

A Donor Bill of Rights

The US Dept. of the Treasury provides information to help you avoid giving to charities linked to terrorism.

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Volunteering
New: Why Volunteer - how you benefit while helping others

New: How to Make the Most of Your Volunteer Experience - how to select where to volunteer and make it more fulfilling and effective

Seven Steps to Become an Effective Volunteer

Ten Steps to Improve Your Community

Action

Lobbying for Nationwide Change
Regaining Trust in the Nonprofit Sector - 10 essential reforms we need

For this and many issues: Easy, Effective Ways to Influence the Press, the Public and Our Elected Representatives

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Links to Other Organizations
Effective Donations - organizations to help you give wisely

Volunteering - opportunities, links and resources. Also: additional Places to Volunteer in New York City

More on Wise Giving and Volunteering

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Next issue: December 2005 - Inspiration for the New Year, World Peace, Muslim-Western relations and more

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