Anyone looking to be charitable in the Beehive State certainly isn't alone, according to a report published in November.
That's because Utah topped a WalletHub ranking of the most charitable states. The report specifically pointed to Utah's high Mormon population, according to the Deseret News.
For those who've never donated, however, the process of making sure the donation goes where it should isn't always easy. Here are 14 ways people can start thinking about donating to make sure their effort goes where they'd most like.
1. Start cutting coupons
Using coupons for charity-related endeavors is an easy way to help, according to The Street.
"Strategic shoppers" probably find they can't use all the deals they find themselves. In addition, items like toothpaste and shampoo can often be bought at no cost with the correct coupons, The Street indicated.
According to The Street, coupons are one of the most effective ways for people to donate locally.
2. Team up with your workplace
Workplace giving raises $4 billion annually, according to America's Charities.
Gift matching in particular is an effective way to be charitable in the office.
"Some employers offer matching gifts, meaning they will match some or all of your charitable donations," according to USA Today. "… If your company doesn’t currently offer this benefit, talk to your HR department about how to encourage the company to implement a matching gift program."
3. Donate frequent flier miles
Both nonprofit organizations and airlines make it easy for people to donate their frequent flier miles to various causes, from reuniting veterans with family to providing transportation to people with ailments, according to TripSavvy.
4. Help furry friends in need
People who'd like to help animals in need have the obvious option of adopting; however, the Utah Humane Society also accepts monetary donations to help.
5. Think local
Here's our list of 21 places to donate to during Christmastime in the Beehive State.
6. Get creative when on tight budget
For those really wanting to make a sacrifice, there's another Christmastime option.
"If your friends and loved ones often ask you for birthday or holiday gift ideas, you can ask them to donate to a favorite charity instead," USA Today's report read.
7. Ask for gifts that help you give
The urge to donate might seem to clash with asking to receive gifts, but NBC News writes on one way the two acts might complement each other.
Some companies attach charitable endeavors to the purchase of their products during Christmas. From stylish notebooks with proceeds going to teachers in need of supplies to purses that help malnourished kids, there's probably something for everything. (These donations vary widely by product.)
8. Feed Utahns
The Utah Food Bank in 2016 "distributed 31.8 million meals via a statewide network of 141 partner agencies located in all 29 counties," according to the organization's site.
There are also emergency food programs across the state in need of assistance.
9. Bring Christmas cheer to children in need
As The Huffington Post notes, the thought of a child not receiving Christmas gifts is sad — but for some, it's a reality.
Because of that, there are ways to donate presents to children in various tough circumstances, from kids in the hospital, in a homeless shelter or in a crisis area of the world, according to The Huffington Post.
10. Raise kids to be charitable
Forbes noted a simple way do-gooders can assure a brighter future: teaching their children about giving back.
"To make the most meaningful impact on our children, they should be actively involved and able to relate to the cause," according to Forbes.
11. Start a charity
This option for the ambitious probably won't help those in need this holiday season but once executed could do immense good during future holiday seasons. People who start their own charity get to make sure the cause is one they completely support.
Forbes provides a list of what it takes to get your charity off the ground — just don't miss any crucial steps in the process.
12. Aid those fleeing conflicts
People can offer "rescue gifts" to the International Rescue Committee that "delivers lifesaving care to people fleeing conflict," according to its site.
IRC indicates its monetary donations go to things like healthy pregnancies, clean water and a year of school.
13. Use … vending machines?
Utahns have an interesting new way to donate at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building's main lobby in downtown Salt Lake this holiday season, according to the Deseret News.
That's by vending machines, with four offering people various charity options.
The machines are part of the LDS Church's "Light the World" initiative, which runs until Christmas Day.
14. Donate (responsibly) to victims of natural disasters1 comment on this story
Numerous natural disasters this fall — from hurricanes that hammered Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico to wildfires in California — displaced thousands of people. Options for those who want to help victims of natural disasters are plentiful, which is why doing research before donating is crucial.
"Ask questions about the charity, including how much experience it has in disaster relief, how long it’s been around, how it measures accomplishments, and how others in the field talk about it," The New York Times suggested.
Not donating impulsively also prevents people from being conned by scammers when giving time or money to these causes, according to Psychology Today.