‘Tis the season to flex your philanthropic muscles. All the gift giving and family togetherness is likely to tug at your heartstrings and make you want to share your good cheer with the less fortunate. And why not? You’ll feel better giving a donation to charities that will make a difference in other people’s lives. Charities themselves know that the time of year is prime giving season. You will be more heavily solicited from now through New Year’s than at any other time. The problem isn’t giving, then, but selecting a charity. Measuring and evaluating charities is difficult and time-consuming,” says Ken Stern, former CEO of NPR.  If you are unsure of a charity’s legitimacy, check them out first on Charity Watch or Charity Navigator. To help narrow your choices, here are 14 fabulous charities that can use your donations this holiday season.

1. Charity Water Charity Water brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Clean water is often the primary resource missing from entire communities and remote peoples around the world.

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