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opinion Red Wing, 55066

Red Wing Minnesota 2760 North Service Drive / P.O. Box 15 55066

That jing, jing, jingling you hear this time of year may be bells. Or it could some change in your pocket destined for a charity or two.

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Now is when generous souls traditionally make year-end charitable contributions.

We urge donors to make the most of their giving through careful deliberation.

A starting point for Minnesotans should be the Charities Review Council at www.smartgivers.org. There you can see if a nonprofit or charity meets certain standards. You may take issue, for example, with 75 cents of a dollar going to administrative expenses.

Another important consideration is sticking with a familiar organization. Long-standing organizations have been stood the test of time and public scrutiny.

Consider choosing one with a local presence. Remember, too, that by giving locally you see your dollars in action.

More than more than a hundred come to mind, and dozens of those get some money through your donations to United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties. There are churches, youth organizations, senior centers, groups that focus on specific illnesses, food shelves. The list is long and worthy.

If you have questions about how that gift is being spent or whether it's doing any good, all you need to do is walk down the street or ask someone the next time you see them at a basketball game or in the grocery store checkout line.

It's indeed better to give than to receive. And it's best to give wisely.

That jing, jing, jingling you hear this time of year may be bells. Or it could some change in your pocket destined for a charity or two.

Now is when generous souls traditionally make year-end charitable contributions.

We urge donors to make the most of their giving through careful deliberation.

A starting point for Minnesotans should be the Charities Review Council at www.smartgivers.org. There you can see if a nonprofit or charity meets certain standards. You may take issue, for example, with 75 cents of every dollar going to administrative expenses.

Another important consideration is sticking with a familiar organization. Long-standing organizations have been stood the test of time and public scrutiny.

Consider choosing one with a local presence. Remember, too, that by giving locally you see your dollars in action.

More than more than a hundred come to mind, and dozens of those get some money through your donations to United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties. There are churches, youth organizations, senior centers, groups that focus on specific illnesses, food shelves. The list is long and worthy.

If you have questions about how that gift is being spent or whether it's doing any good, all you need to do is walk down the street or ask someone the next time you see them at a basketball game or in the grocery store checkout line.

It's indeed better to give than to receive. And it's best to give wisely.

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