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Charitable giving goes beyond the end-of-year check

abimaster | December 23, 2010

In the midst of this season of giving and reflection, I’m reminded of the many worthwhile organizations we had the pleasure of working with and supporting over the years. At A. Bright Idea, we all enjoy working with nonprofits and seeing our work contribute to better the community and help the individuals and families these organizations serve.

A cornerstone of our core values, we believe in giving our time and talents in the form of in-kind donations and serving in leadership positions. We can tell from the excitement in an executive director’s voice or from the turnout at a fundraising event that our design and marketing services were appreciated and helped make a difference. Even while helping these organizations solicit much needed donations that keep their doors open to serve deserving members of our communities, we also see other needs.

Even though these organizations are by definition nonprofits, they operate like a business, with all the associated expenses with running a business. Administrative leadership, staff, building expenses, insurance, technology, utilities, transportation and more can provide an overhead hardship to organizations struggling to funnel as much funding as possible to supporting their mission.

While many strive to offer their time as a volunteer staff member or even make that end-of-year monetary donation incentivized by tax credit, organizations remain burdened by the costs of services to keep everything running smoothly. This season, we encourage individuals and businesses to consider how they can lessen this burden to help improve a worthwhile nonprofit’s efficiency. Can you provide IT support or perform building maintenance? Mowing grass, painting, cleaning, website maintenance, accounting, answering phones – consider any of the things that keep a business ticking and consider letting your business make a difference for a nonprofit in your community.

Here are a few of the organizations we’ve supported in Harford County, Baltimore, Sonoma County and around the country. Connect with them today!

William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund
Website
Facebook
Twitter

The Fuel Fund of Maryland
Website
Facebook
Twitter

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County
Website

The Greater Edgewood Education Foundation
Website
Facebook

Harford County Public Library Foundation
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Flickr
You Tube
Mobile app

Sonoma Valley Teen Services
Website

Semper Fi Fund
Website
Facebook
Twitter
You Tube

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