By Tim Kowols
The end of the year provides a valuable teaching moment regarding giving. According to Giving USA, over $390 billion was given to charities in 2016, with close to a third of it going to religious organizations. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says it is important to keep track of where and how much you are giving.
Pustaver says including charitable donations in your spending plan can help save you some stress down the road as bills pile up during the holidays. According to CharityNavigator.org, nearly one-third of annual giving occurs in December.