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No matter how you give, try to make the most of it.

If you are writing a check, make sure you're getting the most for every dollar, says Edith Falk, chairwoman of the Giving USA Foundation in Glenview, Ill. Donate when the organization has a matching grant -- when big donors match contributions dollar for dollar -- or ask your employer to match your donation.

"And if you can't give a lot at once, sign up for a small monthly donation. You can spread the cost throughout the year," Falk says.

Money's not the only thing you can give to charity. "Donating a used computer, furniture or office supplies can be just as valuable as a cash donation," says Webster. "It allows the charity to use its cash resources to make other purchases or pay their staff."


 

 

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