Non-profits feeling the crunch

Jan. 11, 2013 @ 06:30 PM

A sample of area non-profit organizations indicates that a few taxpayers made last-minute contributions to take advantage of the deduction the IRS allows for charitable contributions.

But how strong that incentive was appears to be spotty.

Twanna Jones, director of Area Christians Together in Service, said, “We actually did see a bump in contributions. I was really pleased with the contributions we got in November and December.”

Because she has only been in the position since February, she said she was not able to compare 2012 end-of-year contributions with the previous year.

George Fowler, executive director of the Vance County Public School Foundation, gave a somewhat different picture.

“We’ve had the usual people who donate at the end of the year,” Fowler said. But he added, “We have not noticed any change at the end of the year.”

Pam Thornton, director of the Granville County Historical Museum, said, “We did get a few checks, but they were few and far between. We got more in the past than we did this year.”

She said the Harris Family Fund, a long-time supporter, made a year-end contribution.

Max Burrus, executive director of the Granville County Arts Council, said his organization did not see a jump in donations at the end of the year. About 25 to 30 percent of the organization’s budget comes from private donations, he said.

Val Short, executive director of Triangle North Healthcare Foundation, said the end-of-year tax deduction incentive isn’t a major factor in their fund-raising activities.

“We’re making the transition from a fund-raising organization to a grant-making organization,” she said.

The Salvation Army makes a major fund-raising drive in December, with kettles and bell ringers located at strategic spots. Captain Angie Langley said, “Our kettles were up a little bit. We made some changes to make sure we were reaching the right people, especially seniors.”

She said the Salvation Army, like other non-profit organizations, has seen an increased need for their services, especially the food bank, in recent years at a time when donations are harder to come by. She was hopeful that the increased contributions during the holiday season were a sign that conditions are improving.

 

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.