Since it's inception 5 years ago, "Giving Tuesday" has exploded in popularity, encouraging a "global day of giving".  Black Friday kicks off shopping season, Cyber Monday is for online sales...so to officially kick off the charitable donations season, Giving Tuesday is here!

My 3 favorite LOCAL charities:

Friends of The City of Buffalo Animal Shelter (The shelter itself falls under the municipality of Buffalo, so the ONLY source for desperately needed extra funding...is YOU.)
Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled (I proudly serve on the Foundation Board for this LOCAL organization!)
WNY Heroes (ALL of the money donated stays in WNY and benefits veterans and their families in OUR community!)

Over 30% of online donations happen in December, and there are a TON of great charities out there.  Unfortunately, there are a few that are straight up scams.  So how do you know which is legit?

If you ever feel like something is a scam, or if you want to know how a charity spends its money, check out CharityWatch.org and CharityNavigator.org .

Happy Giving!!!