By Ashlee Lambert, Director of Philanthropy
April 15, 2020
While Covid-19, Coronavirus, or The Rona, may have us all questioning what the future holds or what our new “normal” will look like, the innate drive we all have to be generous will remain. Giving back isn’t cancelled and neither is our will to leave the world a better place than where we found it.
The beauty of philanthropy is that it comes in all shapes and sizes and is different for each individual and can change throughout one’s lifetime. During your early years of life, you may have more time than money, so you give your extra time tutoring children or helping your local nonprofit with a landscaping clean-up project. But as you age, and your time becomes scarce, you donate your treasure – meaning your hard-earned money.
Nonprofits need both. We need the extra helping hands to get projects complete that are too much for staff to handle. The projects that get pushed to the back burner to tend to urgent needs like caring for people when they are experiencing one of life’s unexpected hardships.
But we also need financial resources to serve individuals, children and families in a way that accomplishes all of our dreams – to leave the world a better place than how we found it. Financial gifts to Caritas are used for direct client support and the unpredictable needs of those we serve throughout our communities. That means keeping our services operating at high capacity, all year round, seven days a week, even while we are enduring a global pandemic.
Because of community support, Caritas is able to provide robust services to more than 4,500 individuals, children and families every year. That is something to be proud of and to celebrate: We are proud of our community and we rejoice your efforts in philanthropy!
For more information on how you can make a gift of time, talent or treasure, give me a call and let’s have (virtual) coffee!
P.S. Did you know that the CARES Act makes it possible for individuals to deduct 100% of charity donations up to $300 without having to itemize? Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity to invest in your favorite causes!