Nonprofits Prepare for Year-End Donation Rush
Charities and nonprofits are looking toward the New Year. The period between now and January 1st is one of their busiest times of the year, as they accept year-end donations.
On the Thursday before the New Year, many Arc Value Village donors lined up at the drive-thru to drop off their generous donations.
We always see an uptick in donations towards the end of the year, and it’s either people wanting to clean out before the holidays,” said Manager of Thrift Business Greg Rue.
Some folks also want a tax receipt before the end of the year.
“Tax write off is a good benefit, but as you do know, the tax laws changed, so it’s not as much of a benefit. However, for some people, but it can still be beneficial,” explained Rue.
ARC supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Proceeds from donations go right back into the community.
“We can always use clothing, that’s a big draw, but accessories as well,” said Rue.
It’s also a busy time at CEAP, which serves in Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park.
“The donations are needed now more than ever,” said Director of CEAP Advancement Kalleah Kennedy.
Nearly one-third of annual giving happens in December, and 12 percent of all donations occur in the last three days of the year.
“It is one of our highest times of generosity and philanthropy throughout our community,” explained Kennedy.
CEAP serves about 1500 people per month and says they could use the donations, especially since they are opening a new location in Brooklyn Park.
The nonprofit takes food donations and used clothing for their thrift store. But, organizers say they could use cash too because they can stretch dollars to serve more people.