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Support Local Nonprofit Organizations With Year-End Donations
This year, nearly 82 percent of local nonprofit organizations have cancelled their fundraisers due to COVID-19. As a result of this challenging financial climate, the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership is launching a public awareness campaign, Live Here. Give Here. to highlight the importance of nonprofit organizations and encourage year-end donations to local nonprofits.
“Nonprofit organizations provide critical services to DeKalb County and the effects of COVID-19 are significant,” said DCNP Director, Ben Bingle. “Many nonprofits in the county have been forced to reduce their services, despite increased need from the community. We know times are tough for everyone, but if you are planning year-end donations, we encourage you to consider supporting local nonprofit organizations.”
Local Impact of COVID-19
The effects have been felt across all types of nonprofits and in communities throughout DeKalb County. A few examples of these include Safe Passage of DeKalb County, Open Door Rehabilitation Center, Egyptian Theatre, and the DeKalb County History Center.
Safe Passage is DeKalb County’s domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to skyrocketing rates of domestic violence and abuse. At the same time, the costs of providing services safely and the lack of fundraising opportunity has stretched budgets to the breaking point. In Sandwich, Open Door Rehabilitation Center provides services and programming for some of the most vulnerable citizens in DeKalb County, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Many individuals served by Open Door have pre-existing conditions and are seniors, two groups at high risk for COVID-19 complications. To date, Open Door has spent over $14,000 on PPE in order to keep its clients and staff safe. This unexpected expense combined with the cancellation of their two largest fundraisers in 2020 has taken a dire financial toll on Open Door. COVID-19 has forced other organizations to completely close to the public for part of this year, including museums, historical societies, and theatres. The Egyptian Theatre went from hosting events every weekend night to an empty calendar for over six months and the DeKalb County History Center closed in mid-March, reopened with limited hours in August, and has not held any in-person programs since the pandemic hit.
These are just a few examples of how COVID-19 has impacted DeKalb County’s nonprofit community. Nonprofits touch our lives in so many ways from social services and counseling to recreation and the arts. If you are in a position to give back this year, we encourage you to consider our incredible local nonprofits and all the good they do in communities throughout DeKalb County. Live Here. Give Here.
Donations can be made directly to nonprofit organizations, typically by check payment or by visiting their website and donating via credit card. The following list includes DCNP-member nonprofits and when possible, we have linked directly to their websites for you to learn more about their work.
View List of Nonprofit DCNP Members
Live Here. Give Here. Downloads
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