I am not a tax expert (I consider myself accomplished if I do them at all), but I've heard that if you donate to charities by the end of the year, then it helps when you're doing taxes in April. I'm sure all of you know more than me. So, now that my ignorance is out of the way, here's where my end of year donations have gone to:
- SF Bike Coalition: I am an SF biker myself (not in the hardcore sense of the word, but the commuter sense), and I appreciate everything that the coalition does to make this a more bike-friendly city.
- Village Harvest: They are a local group that harvests fruit (and lets volunteers help them - I keep meaning to join in, one of these days), and donates them to feed the hungry.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation: They protect our rights in the digital world, which is an increasingly important issue, with the crazy laws people are trying to pass.
- Freedom from Religion Foundation: They work to uphold the separation of church and state, something I've been a fan of ever since I was a wee child, refusing to say "under god" during the pledge in school each day. People can have their beliefs, but they shouldn't be enforced on others.
- Planned Parenthood: They're one of my favorite organizations to donate to, both because I've been a patient of them myself and I like what they provide to others. I wrote more about them in my previous post on donating to reduce birth rate.
So, there are a few days left in 2012. If you're doing any end of the year donations, where and why?