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Charity: Giving By Shopping

Purchases From A Retailer

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Many retailers give a percentage of each sale to charity. The percentage can be substantial - for example, ranging from 12.5% of the amount you spend to 20%. 

As a general matter, the retailer gets the deduction for the charitable donation - not you.

Before buying from a retailer for this reason, check to see how much the retailer takes off the top as a fee. (The "merchant's fee"). Some retailer give 100% of the merchant's fee.

You can locate local retailers who have this kind of program by paying attention to local ads on television or in your local newspaper.

You can locate web retailers who engage in this practice through such sites as:

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