I’ve noticed in recent years that resolutions have become a thing of the past. People don’t want to create unrealistic goals and feel the let down of not living up to their own expectations. Or perhaps they just find it cliché and instead resolve not to resolve.

For me, December 31st is a simple marker in the year where I can stop and reflect on what I have accomplished . . . and what else I hope to do moving forward. This year, I’ve done more writing and photography than ever, moved to a new apartment in San Francisco, and paid off a lot of my dreaded student loans.

But one of the most important things I’d like to do more of next year—especially now that I’m moving out of a “student” lifestyle and into some financial stability—is to give back. So far, I’ve managed to find ways to give here and there: buying charity gift cards, volunteering, and giving a few individual donations. But I haven’t yet made it a part of a personal giving plan.

Ring in the New Year on a positive note…

Join me and create your own giving plan. We can start now, with three steps to finish 2011 right. And we can kick off 2012 with a resolution that feels good all year long:

1. Donate by December 31 – I’m getting in my last donations for 2011 and adding to my charitable deductions for the year. Do the same: Give to your favorite charity, donate in someone’s name, or buy a charity gift card as a New Year’s gift —they choose the cause and you get the deduction.

2. Get it on the Record – JustGive creates a Giving History online for every donor with convenient access to charitable information needed for taxes. I’m able to do all my giving in one place and can easily keep track of it. Whether I’m donating or buying a charity collection, sending a gift card, or making a charity or wedding registry gift, it’s all recorded and stored for me online.

3. Plan to Plan – I want to make a bigger difference with my giving in 2012. By ticking the recurring box on any donation, I can affordably budget my charitable gifts throughout the year. JustGive automatically sends my donation each month . . . and I check ‘charity’ off my resolution list instantly!


Still not sure about how to make charity a part of your own budget in 2012? Visit our Giving Wisely page for more info and things to consider as you develop a plan that works for you and supports the causes you care about.

P.S. Let’s get the buzz going: How do you plan to make a difference with your giving? Which charities do you support and why? Tell your story on Facebook – and we’ll spread the word about the good work being done across the country. 

– Michelle Koffler, Marketing Coordinator

9 thoughts on “Your year-end checklist: Resolve to give back starting now

  1. I was given this as a gift and the charity was chosen for me by the purchaser. Is there any way that I can use this gift as a tax deduction on my taxes?

    What percentage of the donations go to your organization before being distributed to my chosen charity?

    1. Hi Brenda,

      These are both good questions. I’ll refer you to the GiveNow charity gift card FAQ which should answer all your questions. The tax deduction goes to the giver of the card. More than 95 cents of every dollar you donate goes to charity. Only 4.5 percent is deducted to cover processing costs.

      If you have any other questions you can contact customerservice@justgive.org.

      Thanks for reading!
      – Michelle Koffler, Marketing Coordinator

  2. Looking for info to sign our non profit up.
    Need donations to finish some barn projects and 3rd pasture by spring time so more horses can come and we can be ready for our grand opening on June.

  3. Question. If i give to an organization through just give, does it take a month before the organization actually receive the donation?

    Please clarify for me. Thanks.

    1. Hi Ronald,
      We send organizations their check on the 10th of every month for the previous month’s donations. For example, all donations they receive through our site in January will be sent to them on February 10th. I hope that answers your question, please feel free to contact customerservice@justgive.org with any other inquiries.
      -Michelle Koffler, Marketing Coordinator

  4. I would like to set up a table for at my high school reunion for AUTISM Donations. How would I go about doing this?

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