Shelley Banjo at the Wall Street Journal wrote Sunday that though giving has been down significantly in 2009, givers have four strategies that the WSJ has found to be effective:
1. Donating portions of required IRA distributions (for donors age 70 1/2 and older)
2. Giving Stocks and Bonds
3. Dip into a Donor-Advised Fund
4. Make charitable loans
You can read the entire article here.