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6 cheap, easy ways to donate to charity

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It’s that time of year when doing good is en vogue. Salvation Army bell-ringers greet shoppers. Volunteers line up to serve food to the less fortunate. And local fire stations make calls for donations.

While it seems as if corporations make the biggest donations, it’s everyday Americans who keep charities afloat. In 2015, charitable giving totaled $373.25 billion, with $264.58 billion of that coming from individuals, according to the Giving USA Foundation. That’s an increase in current dollars of 4.1 percent for total giving and 3.8 percent in individual donations over 2014.

You don’t have to have the wealth of Bill Gates to make a difference; every little bit helps when it comes to charitable donations.

Here are some easy ways to give back on a budget.

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