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Day of donations to help local charities

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By Amber Coulter

Local charities can benefit today from a statewide effort to encourage giving to nonprofit organizations.

Today is Kentucky Gives Day.

The push is organized as a collaboration of the Kentucky Nonprofit Network in collaboration with participating nonprofits and corporate, foundation and media partners to raise as much money as possible for Kentucky charities in 24 hours.

USA Cares, Warm Blessings and Big Brothers, Big Sisters are among area organizations donors can support.

To make a donation, go to http://kygives.razoo.com and search for a specific charity or browse about 380 organizations listed. Each charity name links to its own Web page.

Contributions must be made by credit or debit card and be a minimum of $10.

Each contribution, minus a small processing fee, goes to specified charities.

The entire amount is tax-deductible, and a tax receipt is mailed to donors as soon as the donation is processed.

Sponsors encourage donations in a number of ways. These include offering to match donations made to certain charities and offering bonus contributions on behalf of organizations that amass the most money or greatest number of donors during specified time periods.
The event is the first of its kind in Kentucky.

Darla Brown, USA Cares development coordinator and VISTA volunteer, read about the effort in a newsletter from the Kentucky Nonprofit Network and thought was like a good opportunity for the organization.

Brown said all money donated today to USA Cares goes toward its four core programs – combat injury assistance, job assistance, emergency assistance and housing assistance.

The effort will help charities across the state in many ways, she said.

“I think it’s absolutely wonderful,” she said. “I’m pushing for USA Cares, but it’s a great opportunity for all of us.”

Linda Funk, Warm Blessings executive director, is excited about the attention Kentucky Gives Day is bringing to charities trying to make a difference throughout the state and the way it encourages Kentuckians to get involved.

Money donated to Warm Blessings goes to the organization’s latest priority, replacing its 1991 Ford van.

“Although it starts up for us and we maintain it the best we can, it is old and is a gas guzzler and has some quirks about it,” she said. “We think we need a new one.”

Funk estimates a good used van to replace the existing vehicle will cost between $25,000 and $30,000.

She doesn’t think today’s donations are likely to cover the cost but said they’ll help move toward the goal.

“We’re happy if people give big or give a little because everything adds up,” she said.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com. Kelly Cantrall contributed to this report.

 

Event honors local donors
The Central Kentucky Community Foundation is hosting a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. today at the Historic State Theater to recognize local charitable givers.