3) Before donating, do your research. While most charitable groups are trustworthy, some fraudsters call themselves philanthropic organizations. The website CharityNavigator.org provides ratings and reviews.
4) Get help. Local giving circles and groups are easy to find in almost every town and city, and national organizations such as Women Moving Millions and the Women's Funding Network can provide guidance and support as well. And, of course, consult a tax adviser to make sure you're maximizing your giving power.