Welcome caring humans. If you care about philanthropy, charities, nonprofits, consumer protection, public safety, end-of-life care or care planning or decisions — you’ll find thoughts and tools here. Plus other things that might catch your fancy.

Ed Long
I’ve aged a bit since this photo

Featured now: Five Habits of Savvy Donors 

Featured now: Donor Resources helping you do your charity-related research.

Charity Clarity: For a long time I’ve focused on philanthropy and charities and on helping us all find and support strong charities doing solid work. See DoingGoodMatters.org and CharityCheck101.org.

End-of-life care and decisions: I believe that we all deserve peace at the end of life. So for the last dozen+ years I’ve spent a lot of my time as a volunteer focusing on improving the end-of-life experience for men and women and families in and beyond my community. I helped create the project called Peace at the End and the end-of-life home called Caring House in Torrance, CA. I’m now living in Portland, OR, and helping Friends of Hopewell House create an end-of-life care home for the community.

I’m Ed Long, nonprofit entrepreneur, teacher, philanthropy guide and retired attorney and nonprofit executive, serving with care, creativity, diligence and empathy.

Questions? If you have questions, suggestions or other feedback for me use the Contact and Ask page.

Best free charity research websites – 2023

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Best free charity research websites – 2023

Mileage rates for 2023

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Protect your year-end donation deductions – 2022 – a Q&A

Question #1: You use your credit card to donate to a qualified charity on December 31 this year. You don't...
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Tax-free IRA donations are Smart!

Give and Grin. If you are age 70½ (70.5) or older you can donate from your IRA directly to the...
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Together we can UP charity services by $36 billion a year

Individuals (that's you, me, our friends, our neighbors) donate more than $366 billion to charities a year (direct giving (including...
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IRS warns that some crowdfunding money may be taxable to the recipient

From the IRS: Crowdfunding is a popular way to raise money online. People often use crowdfunding to fundraise for a...
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IRS warns that some crowdfunding money may be taxable to the recipient

IRS reminds us all to donate carefully after disasters to avoid scams

From the IRS: After an emergency or disaster, people rally to help victims by donating money. Unfortunately, this can give...
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IRS reminds us all to donate carefully after disasters to avoid scams

We’re on our own checking charities – one scammer creates 76 IRS-approved fakes

As we say in our Savvy Donor series, it's up to donors to evaluate charities. Although most charities must register...
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A new chapter in our lives . . .

Patty and I have entered an exciting new chapter of our lives: We've moved from Southern CA to Portland, OR....
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A new chapter in our lives . . .

End-of-life care: Turn weary and worried into peaceful and proud

Here's my story of end-of-life care for my Dad and Mom in Syracuse, NY. That experience helped inspired us to...
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End-of-life care: Turn weary and worried into peaceful and proud