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Donating & Volunteering

Learn about the benefits of donating and volunteering, including favorable tax incentives and how to figure out if an organization is legitimate.Helpful Guides and Links:
Donating Guide
Charity Donation Guide
General Discussion forum

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State Defense Force Sign Up

State Organization name Contact name Contact number Alabama Alabama State Defense Force Robert Marsh (334) 774-6047 Alaska Alaska State Defense Force Dale Dickson (907) 428-6875 California California State Military Reserve Unknown Unknown Connecticut Connecticut National Guard Unknown (860) 493-2721 Georgia Georgia State Defense Force general e-mail (678) 655-5417 [or 5403] ...

Breaking Scam Alert: Ice Bucket Challenge Email Scam

Time and time again, Americans prove themselves to be the most generous people on planet Earth. But I don't want you to let that generous spirit be taken advantage of! It seems like you can't go far on the web these days without seeing someone doing the Ice Bucket Challenge ...

Clark Howard's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Clark Howard's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Clark Howard joins the 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and nominates Neal Boortz to follow!

Clark's charity donation guide

Before donating to any charity,  you want to be sure that the lion's share of the money will go where it's needed.  Every charity has different overhead costs. You can research you favorite charities -- learning how much of your donation will go to the intended purpose (vs. how much ...

Don't risk ID theft with charitable donations

Before you donate your household goods to a charitable donation outlet, take measures to protect yourself from potential identity theft. When people donate goods to Goodwill, Salvation Army or other charities, they often don't remember to empty the drawers in the furniture or the pockets in the clothing they're dropping ...

Make the most of your charity donation

Make the most of your charity donation

When you give a dollar to a charity, how do you know that money is going to its intended recipients? Here's how to make every dollar you give count.

Clark's 50th Atlanta Habitat Home Dedication

Clark's 50th Atlanta Habitat Home Dedication

Clark Howard dedicates his 50th home built with Atlanta Habitat to his listeners, viewers and website readers. March 2013.

Smart giving: Avoiding charity donation scams

Smart giving: Avoiding charity donation scams

People are more charitable during the holiday season--and the hucksters know it. Here are some tips for avoiding charity donation scams.

Clark's No-Giftcard Gift Certificate

Clark can't stand gift cards! He'd rather you give cash so your friends and family never have to hassle with expiration dates, fees, limited choices or rules. Next time you give cash for a gift, print out the certificate below and wrap it around your cash gift. Have fun!   ...

Clark's advice for year-end charitable giving

Clark's advice for year-end charitable giving

How you can be sure your charitable donations are going to the people and places they're intended for? Here's how to vet charities before you fork over your dollars.

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