While Some Non-Profits Struggled, Foundation Giving Strong At Year-End
As the end of 2015 approached, non-profits around the region made their final appeals for donations. This has become typical as such organizations attempt to tap into the various reasons a donor might consider giving a cash donation. In this case, year-end donations - in just under the wire - can count toward charitable giving on that year's taxes, a deadline that can often sneak up on someone. The year-end appeals can serve as a reminder that proves helpful to those who receive the donations.
In December 2015, though, two local organizations ended up issuing desperate pleas for donations - threatening dire consequences without reaching certain goals.
One of them was SAFEPlace, the Calhoun County shelter for victims of domestic violence. Executive Director Jennifer Fopma told WBCK recently a perfect storm of increased demand for services, coupled with a downturn in donations, created financial straits with uncertain outcomes. At one point, Fopma said SAFEPlace needed $75,000 right away.
The Haven of Rest in Battle Creek is also upon harder times. Daniel Jones told WBCK in late December the organization was, like others, falling short of an end-of-year fundraising target. A published report later quoted Jones as saying the shortfall was about $77,000.
Meanwhile, Brenda Hunt, CEO of the Battle Creek Community Foundation, said philanthopy at the foundation was very strong in the final weeks of 2015. When asked about the contrast between that and The Haven and SAFEPlace, Hunt said she was not as familiar with The Haven's situation, but said she believes SAFEPlace needs to consider modernizing its business model. Hear all of their remarks by clicking the players below.
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