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How to Help Nashville Flood Victims

Written by Nickel - 2 Comments

If you’ve been wondering how you can help victims of the recent flooding in Nashville, I recently ran across a site with a great list of options. For many of you, the easiest way to help is with an online donation through one of the following links:

The Community Foundation of Middle TN
Middle TN Red Cross [...]

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Published on May 5th, 2010 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Charity
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Money, Happiness, and (Extreme) Giving

Written by Nickel - 7 Comments

We’ve previously talked about the relationship between money and happiness (here and here), and we’ve also tackled the issue of “how much is enough.” With those discussions as a backdrop…
I recently ran across an interesting article about an Austrian millionaire that’s giving away his entire fortune. He’s selling his homes, cars, the business that made [...]

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Published on May 3rd, 2010 - 7 Comments
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Reset Your Investment Cost Basis With Charitable Donations

Written by Nickel - One Comment

Today, I want to share a tip that will help you avoid future taxes on the taxable portion of your investment portfolio. As you’re no doubt aware, when an investment in a taxable account goes up in value and you sell it, you have to pay taxes — capital gains taxes — on your gain.
So… [...]

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Published on April 30th, 2010
Modified on May 3rd, 2010 - One Comment
Filed under: Charity, Saving & Investing, Taxes
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Should We Give Locally Before Giving Globally?

Written by Matt Jabs - 40 Comments

The need to give is everywhere.
Giving is an important and integral part of personal and family budgets throughout the nation. As American’s we are blessed with an abundance, and with great abundance comes great responsibility. But are we forgetting our own communities by focusing our giving efforts on national and international tragedies?
No matter where you [...]

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Published on February 18th, 2010 - 40 Comments
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Haiti Donations to be Deductible in 2009 (If You Want)

Written by Nickel - 3 Comments

If you’ve been on the fence about donating to Haitian earthquake relief efforts, Congress just gave you one more reason to open your pocketbook… The House and Senate have both approved legislation that will let taxpayers claim their donations on their 2009 taxes.
In the absence of this bill, you would’ve had to wait until you [...]

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Published on January 22nd, 2010 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Charity
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How to Support Haitian Relief Efforts

Written by Nickel - 3 Comments

As you’ve likely heard by now, Haiti recently suffered a devastating earthquake. If you’re interested in helping the relief efforts by donating money but don’t know where to start, please check out the following non-exhaustive list of options:

The American Red Cross has pledged an initial $1M in support. You can help support their efforts by [...]

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Published on January 14th, 2010 - 3 Comments
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What is a Donor-Advised Fund?

Written by Nickel - 2 Comments

Last week, I gave myself a crash course in donor-advised funds. Unfortunately, it was too late, as I didn’t have time to act before the end of the year. I did, however, learn a lot, so I thought I’d share some of that knowledge with you.
What is a donor-advised fund?
A donor advised fund is essentially [...]

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Published on January 6th, 2010 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Charity, Saving & Investing
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Setting a Savings Ceiling – How Much is Enough?

Written by Matt Jabs - 13 Comments

I’ve recently been thinking about the concept of setting a personal “savings ceiling.” In other words, figuring out how much I need to live a happy, fulfilling life, and then giving the rest away. Now, before you start thinking that I’ve lost my mind, I want to say a few things…
For starters, it’s important to [...]

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Published on May 28th, 2009
Modified on October 4th, 2011 - 13 Comments
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Preventing Impulse Buys and Combatting Clutter

Written by Laura Martinez - 10 Comments

I’m guilty of buying small gadgets and/or books that I don’t really need. On the surface, many of these items look like they’ll save me time or money, but I either rarely use them or otherwise find that I don’t want to keep them around. Not only does this waste money, but it also results [...]

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Published on May 12th, 2009
Modified on October 4th, 2011 - 10 Comments
Filed under: Charity, Frugality, House & Home
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Charities of Choice (2008 Edition)

Written by Nickel - 6 Comments

Every year around this time, my wife and I sit down to figure out our charitable giving. I’ve mentioned in the recent past that times like these can be tough for charities, as monetary giving often dries up. Fortunately, we’ve had a good year, and are planning on increasing our giving this year as compared [...]

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Published on December 22nd, 2008 - 6 Comments
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