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Nov 13, 2012 4:22PM on Smart SpendingBy MSN Money Partner

Nonprofits depend on end-of-year giving for a hefty share of their income, and prospects are particularly difficult this year. Here's how to help.

Nov 7, 2012 1:47PM on Smart SpendingBy MSN Money Partner

There are ways to give without having part of your donation siphoned off by processing fees.

Feb 22, 2012 3:38PM on Smart SpendingBy Giselle Smith

For the seventh consecutive year, IHOP restaurants will offer free buttermilk pancakes to raise money for charity.

Dec 20, 2011 11:34AM on Smart SpendingBy Stacy Johnson

Think you'd never donate to a fake charity? We set up shop in front of Kmart and prove that people often don't pay attention.

Dec 13, 2011 5:46PM on Smart SpendingBy Giselle Smith

Acts of kindness brighten the holidays for families with children as anonymous donors pay off layaway contracts across the country.

Dec 9, 2011 4:34PM on Smart SpendingBy Giselle Smith

Donating canned goods and other nonperishable items to local food drives makes us feel generous -- but are we really helping as much as we could?

Dec 8, 2011 4:58PM on Smart SpendingBy Giselle Smith

Anonymous donations are popular during the holiday season, but some people make it personal by giving to individuals in need.

Dec 6, 2011 3:39PM on Smart SpendingBy Giselle Smith

You may toss some spare change into the Salvation Army red kettle outside your local grocery store, but would you believe what other people throw into them?

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