Giving season -- loosely defined as November and December -- is the months when holiday cheer and consumer guilt hit their respective peaks. Mix in the fact that it's also, conveniently, the end of the tax year, and all the elements are in place to create the time of year when charitable giving levels are highest.
For those feeling uncommonly generous right about now, there are resources that can help you decide where your donation will be put to the best use. Charity Navigator is a website that monitors how effectively charities across the country are run.
New York has 661 large charities, according to the organization, the most of any city in the country. The CEOs of New York-based charities also make the most of any city in the country: $190,001, on average.More »