I give a lot of money on GoFundMe every year to strangers (or online acquaintances/friends). I already exceed the standard deduction from other things, but it would also be nice to itemize these "donations" to reduce my taxes further.
They are all related to the same type of fundraiser - emergency vet bills for pets. For the people I don't know personally, I always check to make sure they have proof of vet bills/receipts with dates, and usually we have at least 1 mutual acquaintance whom I trust who can vouch for them.
Is there any legal way I could itemize these donations? Could a 501c3 distribute money to individuals in that way if it aligned with their mission?
Or could I setup some kind of foundation for example, be the sole contributor, and have the foundation give the money away? I was thinking of something similar to a foundation that gives scholarships, is there something similar to a scholarship I could setup?