As the holidays approach, so, too, do the appeals for charitable gifts. Many of our local charitable organizations recently participated in the Big Day of Giving. If you’re like many people, your mailbox and inbox are already filled with messages from nonprofits asking for your financial support before the end of the year. As much as we want to help worthy causes, we each have a finite amount of money that we can afford to give away without jeopardizing our financial security.

Deciding which charities to support and at what level can feel overwhelming, but as with most things, it comes down to planning and prioritization. Here are some tips to keep in mind to help you give strategically and maximize the impact of your gifts.

Glenn D. Kenes: Giving back strategically during the holidays