Got a pen? Supporting an environmental cause is as easy as writing a check. Most environmental organizations are non-profits that depend on donations to survive so they are more than happy to take your money.
Before donating to a particular organization, it may be helpful to research it on GuideStar, a free database that gathers information on non-profits, including annual reports, programs, leaders, goals, accomplishments and needs [source: GuideStar].
Your contributions to environmental non-profits are tax deductible, but only if you itemize your income tax deductions. Most non-profits are registered as a 501(c)(3), which automatically makes them eligible for deduction, but be sure to check with the organization to make sure it has this designation. Also, be sure to get a receipt from the charity for your contribution [source: H&R Block].
You can deduct cash donations of up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income. If you donate property, such as a car, boat or supplies, you can deduct the fair market value of that item up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income [source: H&R Block].
You cannot take a tax deduction for your time or services spent on charitable work, such as using your graphic design skills to create fliers or a newsletter. But you can deduct out-of-pocket expenses like your gas mileage [source: H&R Block].
Then again, considering you're volunteering for an environmental organization, you may want to take the bus or ride your bike.
For more information on environmental organizations, visit the links on the following page.
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