Desert Schools Federal Credit Union with tips for end of year charitable giving

Posted at 7:27 AM, Nov 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 12:15:00-05

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union is a paid advertiser of Sonoran Living

As the holiday season approaches, gifts for loved ones are always on our minds, but so is charitable giving. According to a GuideStar survey, 50 percent of charitable organizations receive the majority of their annual contributions between October and December, and end-of-year giving may also be financially beneficial in reducing your tax burden. Below, Desert Schools 
Financial Services provides tips on what to remember when considering charitable donations this holiday season.

1)    Evaluate your current giving - consider the amount that you've already donated this year to non-profits like schools, churches and emergency relief funds. 
2)    Do your research - According to, only donations to eligible organizations are tax deductible. You can utilize "Select Check," the IRS's searchable online tool to verify a charitable organization's status.

3)    Be wary of scams - Scammers are more prevalent this time of year and there will be a lot of emotional appeals via email and social media. Be savvy and careful of these high-pressure appeals. Make sure to research the organization you're considering donating to and check their credentials with companies like GuideStar, the Better Business Bureau and Charity Navigator. 
4)    Plan in advance - If you have an IRA, consider sending a portion of your distributions directly to a charity or set up charitable giving through your will or trust.

For more information on financial services through Desert Schools, visit www.desertschoolsfs.comor call 602-336-5531.

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union is a paid advertiser of Sonoran Living