Idaho Gives…

Dear Editor,

Idaho’s largest day of online giving – is coming up on May 3. With so many nonprofits doing so much great work in our area it can be tough for donors to decide where their dollars are most needed and will do the most good.

When I was younger and had more free time than funds I tried to volunteer whenever I could to make a difference in that way. As the years passed and I heard more and more stories about big business “nonprofits” I became more focused on making sure I knew where and how my dollars were being spent.

Now I find myself working in the world of nonprofits at Community Cancer Services in Sandpoint. I’m trying to stretch each dollar that comes in the door as far as I can, get as much done in as little paid time as I can, and wondering how best to connect to a new generation of donors online.

As a cancer survivor myself I truly understand what our clients are going through. Being able to lighten the burden of worrying about how they are going to pay for gas to get to treatment is one small but amazing thing we can do to support them. Often times the most important interaction I have with a client is to say that I’ve been through what they are going through.

Idaho Gives can be a great platform for nonprofits like ours to raise funds, and we’ve had success with it in past years. This year we are teaming up with a group of other area nonprofits to try to get the word out a bit louder. We’ll be at Evans Brothers Coffee from 8-10 a.m. and Idaho Pour Authority from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 3.

These events will be an opportunity for individuals to meet people from local nonprofits and/or pick up some literature about them so donors can make more informed choices about where they direct their dollars. There will also be some prizes and give away items as well as awesome coffee or beer depending on which venue you visit.

I encourage everyone to visit IdahoGives.org on May 3 and learn more about the organizations doing amazing work in our community. Bonner County nonprofits raised over $13,000 last year through Idaho Gives, and I know we can do even better this year!

Sincerely,

Cindy Marx
Sandpoint

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