It’s estimated that there are roughly 1.5 million non-profit organizations in the United States, all of which are dedicated to a particular social cause or shared point of view. As each organization provides for the community in a unique manner, so are the ways that we can give back. For the Cape Cod Challenger Club, operating exclusively through volunteer-led efforts, donations are the largest pillar in supporting its mission: enriching the lives of those with physical and/or developmental disabilities through athletic, recreational and social activities. If wondering how to give to non-profit organizations, consider the following suggestions and their accompanying benefits:
In 2017 alone, an estimated 8 billion hours of talent and effort were given to organizations around the United States. Of these hours, 14.9% were donated to the social services sector. As the Cape Cod Challenger Club offers programs year-round, the energy and time from its volunteers helps in creating role models, leaders, and “buddies” for its nearly 300 participants. Not only does the act of volunteering create a difference in the lives of others, but it also has significant social, emotional, physical and professional perks. It’s a great way to make new friends, find a purpose, promote longevity, and most importantly, have fun. Past opportunities included a harbor cruise, Paw Sox game, Pirate Adventure Tour, and mini-golf at Pirate’s Cove.
As the old adage goes, “time is money.” The amount of volunteer hours recorded in 2017 equated to approximately $193 billion, and 15% of this total went towards social or community service organizations. This type of aid helps fund the functionality of organizations, their programs, and the quality of facilities in which they operate. Providing monetary donations are also tax-deductible, and depending on how much you contribute, they can add up to substantial savings over the course of the year. Whether writing a check, donating online, or paying with cash, all funds directly support the operation and goals of non-profits.
Donating goods and services, holding special events, or renting out areas of an organization’s facility are all ways to help non-profits bring in additional revenue. By aiding or participating in a fundraiser, awareness is brought to the overall mission of the organization and can create new-found connections among current and prospective supporters. Added funds can be generated through sponsorships or rentals. If areas of the facility are reserved for a gathering, party, or other special event, encourage attendees to post about the experience on Facebook or Instagram with images, locational tag, or the non-profit organization’s name.The viral nature of social media is perfect for promoting its cause and instilling excitement among the target audience.
Assistance for non-profits can also be seen through the use of grants which are given by the government, another organization, or a person for a specific reason. These are popular for educational intentions such as the “Playing on Purpose” workshop, made possible through a grant from The Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation. In doing so, the purpose of one organization can be connected to and brought to life in another. Examples include supporting individual needs, building capacity, or addressing issues in a collaborative manner. This type of giving creates a win-win situation for all those involved, embodying non-profit promotion and corporate social responsibility in one act.
Many non-profits are created out of the kindness of their community members’ hearts, and such is the case with Kelvin Ing and Amy Lipkind, founders of the Cape Cod Challenger Club. Through their contributions and support from the surrounding public, unique volunteering opportunities are available for those that wish to make a difference. Take pride in finding a purpose, and revive your intrinsic motivations. For more information on how you can help a local cause, visit our website, call (508) 420-6950, or check out Facebook for current and future events.