Charitable donations make difference in community

Friday, December 26, 2014

According to an article written by Heather Larkin, president and CEO of the Arkansas Community Foundation, twice as many charitable donations are contributed in December as any other month of the year.

Janell Robertson, executive director of the Carroll County Foundation, said this is because of the camaraderie the holidays inspire.

"A lot of people are looking to give back at this time," Robertson said. "Not only are they giving to their families, but giving to non-profits too."

In a recent article published in the Carroll County News, Larkin noted that many people give for tax incentives, too. Still, Larkin wrote, many who donate care more about helping others than receiving tax breaks.

"We give because we want to end hunger in a land of plenty, help provide quality daycare for working families, ensure students graduate from high school and go on to economic security and support art programs that enhance the quality of life for our children and grandchildren," she wrote.

The Carroll County Foundation, Robertson explained in an email, is one of 27 affiliates of the Arkansas Community Foundation. She said that she hopes Arkansans can continue the giving trend during Arkansas Gives Day, slated for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 2.

The event, she said, gives Arkansans an opportunity to donate to local non-profits. She encouraged non-profits in Carroll County to sign up, noting that non-profits need to be a 501(c)(3) organizations and members of the Arkansas Non-Profit Alliance.

Arkansas Gives Day offers several incentives available to local non-profits, including a percentage of the $250,000 bonus fund.

"If your non-profit raises 10 percent of the total money raised on Arkansas Gives Day, then you'll get 10 percent of the bonus dollars," she said. "The extra money is just our way of saying, 'Go non-profits!' "

The Carroll County Foundation has 29 endowments and two new scholarships, with all the money donated going back into the community. Robertson believes that donating will be simpler than ever on Arkansas Gives Day since it all takes place online.

"People can just use their debit card," she said. "I think it's just easier."

For more information about Arkansas Gives Day, call the Carroll County Foundation at 479-253-8203 or email CarrollCounty@arcf.org.

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