Giving is on top of the minds of many towards the end of the year.
“We see an increase each year at this time of year,” said Davit Sweeney, president and CEO of the Central Kentucky Community Foundation.
One reason for this, Sweeney said, is that people have a better perspective on what their tax situation looks like and what kind of tax strategy they want to use. She said the “heart and emotions” of the holiday season also make the end of the year a popular time for giving.
Aside from the two months they hold their big fundraising events, Clarity Solutions Director at Advance Department, Megan Bennett, said December is usually their biggest month for giving.
Gifts of money are always the most beneficial, Bennett said.
Every dollar given to the ministry goes to help the clients we serve. Every decision made for the department is entirely advocacy and is aimed at trying to reach more families in unexpected pregnancies and help families more effectively. She said financial gifts make that possible.
Bennett said they can always receive donations for their store that will go to their customers who have obtained things through their ongoing program that gives them support, education and resources to have an abundant life for their families. There is a downloadable list of the donations they always need on their website, www.supportclarity.org/donate at the bottom of the page.
“The number of clients who require Clarity assistance increases every year and with these needs comes a cost. By supporting Clarity financially, members of the community can ensure that we can always provide needed assistance to those who need it.”
They were very fortunate to receive the food and cash donations this month, said Diane Schofner of the PAWS Shelter Foundation. PAWS has partnered with Helping Hand of Hope to open a pet food store in Hardin County. They’ve collected 57,000 pounds of pet food since opening in April. Recently, £30,000 was donated this month by the Kentucky Humane Society and Chewy’s
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She said a large donation from the Kentucky Humane Society made them enjoy a good base of dog food. However, they still need cat food and litter. Anyone wishing to donate, these items can be handed over at Helping Hand of Hope or Sam Russell’s Pet Provisions. In addition, he supplies feeders and pet supplies as well as collecting food for a pet food store in Hardin County.
Getting donations at the end of the year allows them to better plan their financial landscape for the new year, said Gillian Cardin, executive director of sexual trauma recovery services Silverleaf.
“Being a non-profit, donations help us achieve goals we might not otherwise be able to achieve. This is very true this year as we are doing conservation and planning for a new building on the Eton Campus.” The new building will be built on the basis of financial donations and donations and will allow them to provide expanded forensic services to minors, opening up additional space in the existing building for treatment and advocacy.”
One of the easiest ways for people to donate is online through the nonprofit’s website, Sweeney said.
“This is something people can do until midnight and still be until 2021,” she said. “We actually arrived between 11pm and midnight on December 31st. So, we know people are still thinking about getting their finances in order for 2021 until the last minute.”
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