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Charitable giving is a way to help everyone

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To participate in the spirit of the holiday season, you may be thinking of making some charitable gifts. If so, you’ll no doubt enjoy helping a group that does valuable work. 

But to begin with, it’s important to understand just how necessary your gifts are to the country’s social fabric.

Given the effects of the Great Recession and the slow recovery, it’s not surprising to learn that charitable giving fell a combined 13 percent in 2008 and 2009, after adjusting for inflation, according to The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

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