Welcome charity donors and volunteers

A 2-minute video introduction to SeriousGivers.

Find a Charity or Nonprofit — At CharityCheck101.org you can check the identity and tax status of every nonprofit recognized by the IRS (more than 1.4 million of them). Possibly the best free donor protection tool ever — helping you avoid fake charities and find legitimate ones.

Car Donation Calculator – Ever thought about donating your used car to charity? The Calculator will quickly help you figure out the smartest approach for your car, in your circumstances. This is not a car donation program. SeriousGivers doesn’t have a car donation program. And we don’t plan to have one. NEW

Charity Reviews — Read reviews and find quick information about charities we’ve covered at Charity of the Day.

Doing Good Matters podcast — The only podcast dedicated to helping you and other donors and volunteers do good even better — regardless of which charities or causes you support.

Volunteers and Taxes — Where volunteers ask questions and find answers to what they can deduct under the IRS rules.

Join the Community — The community of caring people who want to make the world better, and are willing to spend time and energy to make it happen. Community members receive free updates and publications to help them do good even better.

Serious Thoughts blog — Regular news and commentary helping you give wisely and well.

Free & More — Free publications to help you do good better.

You give, you care, you want to make the world better. You want the dollars you give and the volunteer hours you spend to be used wisely and well by a strong charity focused on what matters to you. We’re dedicated to helping you — regardless of which charities or causes you support.

Latest Updates

Wealthiest pulled back charitable giving while others stepped it up - 10-06-2014
The wealthiest Americans—those who earned $200,000 or more—reduced the share of income they gave to charity from 2006 to 2012. Meanwhile, Americans who earned less than $100,000 chipped in more of their income during the same time period. E...


Ice bucket challenge flood creates more challenges - 10-03-2014
According to press reports, the Ice Bucket Challenge has produced million in donations for the A.L.S. Association. The A.L.S. Association website at October 3 reports $115 million received since July 29. The A.L.S. Association (EIN = 13-3271855) ...
Think About Your Multiple Legacies | DGM 032 - 09-02-2014
Think About Your Multiple Legacies Welcome. This is the podcast that helps you do good even better -- regardless of which charities or causes you support.  This is Ed Long. In each podcast I talk about charities and provide actionable tips to help...
Charity car donations featured in Everything is Bull**** book - 08-16-2014
CarDonationCalculator.org (a program of SeriousGivers) helps potential charity car donors make better decisions about car donations. As we point out at CarDonationCalculator.org, the typical car donation program can produce a small percentage of a ca...
IRS data glitch continues - 08-16-2014
The IRS continues to have problems with the nonprofit database it publishes. For the second month running, it posted a message like the following (the red is theirs) Please Note: Programming for the EO BMF was recently updated. Unfortunately, an err...

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