When the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, we left behind another year and wiped the slate clean. Each of us began looking forward to what can be in 2018. Many of us make those New Year’s resolutions: to eat better, to exercise, to get organized. These are all great resolutions because they help improve our lives. However, if you are looking for something more from life during the next year and beyond, it’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution to get more involved in supporting Northfield’s nonprofit community.
Donate to Charity
It’s no secret that the nonprofit community is worried about how the latest tax legislation will impact future donations. The Association of Fundraising Professionals anticipates that the number of people itemizing deductions will decrease by approximately 30 million as a result of the standard deduction increase ($24,000 for couples and $12,000 for individuals). The National Council of Nonprofits estimates this will result in a $13 billion decrease in charitable giving annually.
While some people say “it isn’t truly charity if you receive something in return (i.e. a tax deduction),” we all like the tax benefit of charitable giving. Regardless of whether or not you itemize deductions, charities will need our help. The work they do and their need for our financial support hasn’t changed just because the tax law has changed. With charitable giving expected to decrease, their need for our financial support will be greater than ever.
Volunteer on Your Terms
Not everyone can support their favorite charity financially, but everyone can give their time. Volunteers are the lifeblood of Northfield’s nonprofit community, enabling charities to execute their missions with less staff. Where does your favorite charity need help? From answering phones and stuffing envelopes, to helping plan an event or serving on a board, you can make a difference.
Or, determine how you’d like to volunteer. Do you want to use your professional skills, such as graphic design, accounting or data entry? Do you want to step outside your comfort zone and do something like serving as a public speaker on behalf of a charity? Look for an organization that needs help in areas that match your professional skills…or those that you’d like to develop. Both of you will benefit from the experience.
Advocate for a Cause
Help your favorite nonprofit tell its story. Spread the word about its mission, its fundraisers and testimonials from people benefiting from its programs. Forward the organization’s e-newsletters, share its Facebook posts, and re-tweet its Twitter feeds. Your communication efforts will have a ripple effect in generating brand awareness.
Make 2-0-1-8 Great
Help make 2018 a great year for Northfield’s nonprofit community. Whether you donate, volunteer or advocate, your efforts will help our local charities increase their fundraising capacity and expand their missions. You can play a very personal role in making Northfield a better place to live, work and play.
Happy New Year!