#GivingTuesday is a day of kindness, generosity

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Tuesday after Cyber Monday is known as #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that’s helped fueled by social media.

#Giving Tuesday is also the unofficial start to the holiday giving season.

#Giving Tuesday first started in 2012 and has become a movement that celebrates and supports charitable contributions.

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NBC’s Today put together a quiz to test your charity smarts before breaking out the wallet.

1: True or false: If you make a donation to a charity, you automatically get a tax deduction.
False. The charity has to be a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization (the website will state if it is). Also, bear in mind that you have to itemize in order to deduct contributions, so get that Excel spreadsheet started.

2. Which is better — making one large donation to a single charity, or several smaller donations to multiple organizations? It actually costs charities money to solicit donations from you. So you’ll make a bigger splash, and a bigger impact, by giving more dollars to fewer causes.

3. When you receive a call from a charitable solicitor, what’s the appropriate response?
Politely decline and hang up.Even if you support the cause, there’s a good chance that caller is a third-party middleman who keeps a big chunk of the cash you give. Your best bet is to give through the charity’s website.

4. Should you buy a brand’s product because it is affiliated with a charity?
Only if you know all the details. Inspect the packaging, you should find out which charity in particular is being supported and also what percentage of sales are going to that charity.

5. What’s the best way to support the people who are affected by natural disasters?
Texting your donation is a decent way to give,but you should know upfront the cost of merely sending the text. What’s more, donations via SMS can take up to 90 days to be received by the actual charity. Going straight through the website of a proven charity is the best way to help during a crisis.

Be sure to check the charity you are donating to ahead of time. You can do that on Charity Navigator.

Some charities you can donate to:

Boys and Girls Club of Great Durham
Wake Tech Foundation
The Salvation Army
Toys for Tots
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund

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