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How to Define Your End-of-Year Giving Strategy

It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is approaching so quickly. Wasn’t it just 2020, after all? Time flies faster than you think, which is why it’s important to think about your end-of-year giving plan now. 

Maybe you’ve been giving steadily to an organization of your choice throughout the year. Or,  maybe you wait until the month of December to make a big contribution to the organization(s) of your choice. Luckily, if you don’t have a plan, there’s still time! And it doesn’t have to involve giving thousands of dollars. Let’s dive into how you can help support organizations by building your year-end giving strategy. 

 

Find Organizations You Love to Support

Hopefully, you’ve spent the first part of the year forming relationships with causes you support and specific organizations you love. However, if you have not yet found that special cause or nonprofit, there’s still plenty of time! Pledge to figure out where you might want to give back as we close out the year. 

Once you’ve done some research and identified places where you would consider donating, reach out to talk with somebody who knows the organization. Ask if you can speak to a volunteer or a seasoned donor to get more insight into why they continue to give. This will help you decide if you’re making the right decision. 

 

Consider Volunteering 

While we often focus on “year-end” giving as a time to donate money, there are other ways for you to give back. Volunteering allows you to make a strong impact for an organization, and as year-end giving ramps up, organizations will absolutely be in need of all hands on deck to help with a variety of tasks. Contact one of your favorite organizations and see how you can lend a hand. 

As an added bonus, the fast approaching holiday season is all about being with the ones you love. Take this time to involve them in your giving efforts. Ask your friends or your family to volunteer with you so that you can, not only give back to a great cause, but also spend quality time with the ones you love. There’s no bonding quite like bonding over doing good together!

 

Donate Seasonal Items

As temps drop outside, there will be many seasonal opportunities to donate items. For example, many areas go through change in weather where hats, coats and gloves may be needed for those who can’t afford them. Take time now to go through your closet. Who said cleaning out your closet was only designated for the spring? Gather any unused winter clothing and donate to an organization nearby. Think of other seasonal items or volunteer opportunities that may be needed as we transition into fall and winter

 

How will you make a difference as we close out the year? Consider giving recurring donations, donating at the end of the year to a new organization or even volunteering your time to help an organization meet their goals. While it’s easy to get caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle, remember that you have the power to make a difference in peoples’ lives. Plus, there’s no greater feeling than that of giving back!

Our Impact in 2020

January 1-December 31
  • The Allstate Foundation grant helps us create safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • Originally founded in 1984 as The Center for Women and Children in Crisis, The Refuge Utah has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Timpanogos Legal Center provides free legal advice and legal document preparation for victims of domestic violence and low-income persons.

  • Preserve the heritage. Enhance the wellbeing. Strengthen the future of the People.

  • Our Mission: To help families of homicide victims receive hope, justice, and healing.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • Cycling club dedicated to ending child abuse.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

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