I try to donate to several organizations a year. Since I itemize my tax return these donations help me alot. I like to donate to the local fire department. I also like to donate to a place called North Shore. North Shore is a place that takes care of animals. They get them medical attention and keep them until they are placed. You do need to be careful because there are some organization that are not a non-profit oranization. You must ask them upfront before you say you will donate.
I also donate on some of my point sites as well. I belong to buzz agent and I use those points to donate to charities. I then print out a copy of the confirmation. I use that as a record showing I donated to the organization.
I do not donate over the phone too much because I find most of the people who call my house too pushy. I will only donate to those that send me letters and do not bother me. HOw do you like to donate.