Worldwide, people donate hundreds of billions of dollars to charity. In the United States alone, charitable donations amounted to about $450 billion last year. As 2020 draws to a close, perhaps you or members of your family are considering giving to charity. But there are, literally, millions of charities. Which should you choose?

If you are like most people, you want to support charities that mean something to you — that speak to your heart. Perhaps it is a charity that helps children in your community; or a local homeless shelter where you have volunteered; or maybe a museum you’re passionate about; or a place of worship for which you want to show support. In the U.S., 94% of donations go to charities focusing on local or national issues.

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