Happy Holidays, and Remember to Donate!

It’s that time of the year again, and as always, I encourage you to donate to various charities. Qualified donations done before the end of the year may qualify for deduction on your 2015 tax return, so it is a good way to bring your total tax bill down.

Keep in mind that you’ll need a receipt for your donations that will state the date, what was donated, the organization receiving, and will explicitly state that no consideration was provided for donations. Keep in mind that such receipts should not be backdated, as that may invalidate the entire deduction.

This year, as always, I encourage you to donate to the Wikimedia Foundation, The Red Cross, the Human Rights Foundation, and also the Planned Parenthood and its affiliated organizations. The Planned Parenthood Action fund will even match your donation.

Why is donating to Planned Parenthood so important this year? Because this specific organization has been targeted by various religious organizations and despite all the good it’s been doing there’s a lot of incitement against it going on. It’s been a target for terrorists this year, radical fundamentalists across the country attacking it in their attempts to eliminate women’s rights and freedoms, and politicians affiliated with religious fundamentalists and their “Republican” Party are working hard to enact laws targeting this, and other organizations helping women.

The Human Rights Foundation supports equality and rights for all, and supports various projects to assist minorities and eliminate discrimination, in the US and around the globe.

The Wikimedia Foundation supports the Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that we’ve all been using. Supporting the foundation keeps the Wikipedia running and the information free.

The Red Cross needs no introductions. They’re there for the people in need when disasters occur and provide the immediate assistance needed all around the world.Please donate generously,Your Little Advisor

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