Charitable Donations on the Rise? Optimism Continues to Grow During Lean Economic Times with New Ways to Give

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At Works of Life International Ministries, there is a clear view of the challenges facing our communities. Works of Life International Ministries tracks and refers requests from those in need, as well as from those who want to help. Charitable contributions are down, no doubt, the world economy is taking center stage in both in both our personal and professional lives. Charitable contributions have dropped in number even as there is considerable growth in demand for nonprofits' services.

The more beneficial to those in need that you can make it, the more meaningful it is

At Works of Life International Ministries, there is a clear view of the challenges facing communities. Works of Life International Ministries tracks and refers requests from those in need, as well as from those who want to help. During these troubled economic times we can expect greater needs for human services and less funding to meet them. In fact, there is a marked increase in such basic needs such as food and housing, as well as a continued rise in inquiries related to the payment of past due mortgages and utility bills.

Charitable contributions are down, no doubt, the world economy is taking center stage in both personal and professional lives. Charitable contributions have dropped in number even as there is considerable growth in demand for nonprofits' services.

But there is reason for hope. "The donation of more substantial corporate and privately owned assets is on the rise and can provide many benefits to both the public and other nonprofit organizations that contact charities such as Works of Life. Other Charities that on a daily basis seek help to meet the needs of their clients that they themselves are unable to fill. Communities can be enriched even when our normal means of giving have somewhat changed", Rev. Everett, CEO of Works of Life International Ministries Inc. states.

Sometimes a charitable gift comes out of pure altruism. Sometimes it makes the donor feel better about themselves "but a Charitable Organization must never ignore the financial component of any gift!" Everett continues. "Sometimes the donor wants a tax break. And sometimes it's a combination of factors".

Whatever the motivation, the question might be that a Donor knows their contributions will be used wisely. With that in mind, here are some tips for wise giving no matter what state the economy is in:

Find a true "giving" program

Put some thought into where you want your money to go. Look for all volunteer Organizations that do not siphon charitable dollars off to line the pockets of their CEO's. Even causes that a Donor may feel strongly about. Many faith-based Organizations will be free of these abuses, returning an even greater financial benefit for your donation.

Gifts should be meaningful, avoid "referral charities" that claim "100% goes to charity" or rely too heavily on the control of their CEO's. This is where a Donor will find the greatest abuses and "The more beneficial to those in need that you can make it, the more meaningful it is".

Many of these types of charitable organizations and their CEO's will scoff at the idea of the support of faith based organizations. "Become a real non-profit" hatefully scorns one such CEO who himself takes home a salary more that 50% greater than the Vice President of the United States!

Probably the most important thing to remember is that after a charitable donation has been made, many Charities forget that their first responsibility is to you, the Donor.

Blinded by the numbers, Charities such as the "Charity cars" programs and boat donation programs forget that they are supposed to act as responsible Stewards of those charitable gifts they have been entrusted with.

This is typically true of those "charities" paying bloated salaries to their CEO's and offering "pie in the sky" returns such as "full retail value deduction" or that "100% goes to charity". Everyone knows that there are expenses. And yes these may even be the programs expenses but People want to be sure that the dollars they're spending are going to end up doing the most good, ""so called" charitable programs that focus on their celebrity connections or operate on the whim of their CEO's "really need to re-think their place in society", Says Rev. Everett, who, as the new CEO of Works of Life International Ministries Inc., often counsels Donors on the benefits of charitable giving.

"Works of Life has begun a program to assign the financial benefit of many of the Charities larger contributions in advance of their sale, this includes revenue streams that may be created by retaining donated assets for a statutory period of 36 months to meet the IRS's significant intervening use rule" states Everett, "this allows the Donor the greatest benefit and the ability to deduct an appraised market value as opposed to a sale value."

"Works of Life welcomes all Charitable Programs that are not running "questionable" programs, to contact them with any financial needs that they may have. The early assignment of these financial benefits will be a first for Charitable Organizations and allow our Donors the ability to learn who they are helping and how they are helping to make real changes in the lives of others" states Everett.

"The first such asset in this program is an $800,000 asset currently being liquidated and at this time the proceeds are set to benefit a wonderful educational program, Guitars in the classroom, Threads of Africa a team of people who are passionate about engaging the people of the United States and the body of Christ to minister and bring hope to those living in poverty and those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa, the YMCA dedicated to improving the quality of life and the Wounded Warrior Project, dedicated To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women. Inclusion in this program can come from a request made by the Organization itself, or the request and recognition of others as well. We welcome any such requests and look forward to the many rewards it will make possible to both the Donor and the recipient of their gifts." Says Everett.

Works of Life International Ministries
1081 S. Cimmaron
Las Vegas, Nevada 89145
http://www.worksoflife.org

About Works of Life International Ministries:
Operating since 2002 Works of Life International Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational faith-based charitable organization that provides charitable works for other like-minded organizations in the form of endowments, grants and much, much more.

Their clients range from social service agencies to private non-profits, hospitals and more importantly individuals with special needs including victims of crime, military families, those with physical challenges and victims of abuse.

Many volunteers are led to the Ministry from questionable lives they wish to leave behind, serving others as a way to pay back those in need. Many simply looking for a better way to give of themselves. "We invite all with a heartfelt desire to serve and to serve the public responsibly"

The company currently has a substantial international volunteer base operating out of offices in primarily the United States.
Works of Life International Ministries has enjoyed a successful relationship with many like-minded charitable Organizations, developing residential based programs for those interested in Ministering to others but limited physically in doing so.

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