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One More Day for the Idaho 2007 “Giving Season"

December 31, 2007

Boise, ID – It's the last day of the year, and that means the last chance for Idahoans to make donations to their favorite charitable groups and get a tax write-off for 2007. Idaho's nonprofit organizations depend on individual donations for most of their support, and demands for their services will be especially heavy during the next few months.

Donors' end-of-year gifts come at a critical time. Lynn Hoffmann, executive director of the Idaho Nonprofit Development Center, says many of the groups that provide social services are called upon to go "above and beyond" at this time of year.

"This whole holiday season, and winter season in general, is especially difficult for the people they serve."

Hoffmann says Idaho nonprofits depend on donations from individuals for up to 80 percent of their budgets. If money's tight right now, she suggests another alternative: the gift of time. Making a New Year's resolution to volunteer for a nonprofit can be equally valuable to the recipient organization.

"This is our opportunity to find ways to contribute to our local communities. It always will be important for us to have those opportunities."

Hoffman says Idahoans considering making donations today should do a bit of research and find a nonprofit they can connect with. For some ideas, the latest "Idaho Nonprofit Resources Survey Report" is available online, at www.idahononprofits.org.

Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - ID