Step 1: Know Your Philanthropic Interests and Values

With more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the U.S., we know you have many opportunities to support the charities of your choice. How do you choose among all those requests for support you receive each year? Which causes make the most sense for you to support?

Develop a clear understanding of what your values and interests are and how they align with your philanthropic goals. Begin by asking yourself these basic questions:

  • Do you review the donations you make to charities on an annual basis?
  • Why do you support these charities?
  • How do these charities align with your values?

Discover Your Charitable Passion

Define those values and issues that are most important to you by completing this Interest and Values Worksheet [PDF].

Identify your interests and motivations for your charitable giving by completing the Questions for Consideration [PDF].

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