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Blog: Minimizing Financial Clutter
Organized Charitable Giving Part 1

I love Thanksgiving. Oh sure, the traditional Thanksgiving food, football rivalries, and parades are wonderful.  But what I love the most is that Thanksgiving is a time when I can slow down and focus on the things that are most important to me:  my husband and children, my extended family, my professional organizing clients and associates, and the people and organizations that have touched my life over the years.  Come to think of it, the "things" that are most important to me are not "things" at all. 
As the year winds to a close, many of us begin to think about making charitable contributions.  I would like to challenge you to do so in an organized fashion this year.
Over the next few weeks, our mailboxes will be stuffed full of even more requests for donations than usual.  Many of them are good causes, of course.  But we simply can't support them all.  In fact, a larger percentage of your charitable contributions will actually go to the causes you support when you give more money to fewer charities, because of the administrative costs associated with processing contributions.
My challenge to you is to make a list of the organizations, schools, or causes that touch your heart the most.  For example, you may feel moved to contribute a portion of your income to your place of worship.  Perhaps you choose to support your college because they once gave you a scholarship.  Maybe you choose to support research for a particular disease that has affected someone you love.  As you prepare to enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones, make a list of those organizations to which you would like to say "thank you".
Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Nest week:  Keeping track of your charitable giving "Didn't we already give them money this year?"

posted on: 11/18/2007 11:30:00 AM by Katherine Trezise
category: Finances

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Minimizing Financial Clutter

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Katherine Trezise is president of Absolutely Organized, based in Baltimore, MD. She is president-elect of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. Katherine holds a masters degree in business administration, is a Certified Professional Organizer® and a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization®. Absolutely Organized specializes in helping people organize their homes, paperwork and financial records to make room in their lives for the things, people and activities that are most important to them.

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