To The Daily Sun,
How can you tell if your contributions to a charity or non-profit really makes a difference in the community that you live? Actually, there are a variety of ways that many donors make this judgment.
Of course, one of the time-honored ways is measuring how much of your contribution actually gets to the people you want to help or how much is eaten up in administrative and fund-raising costs. A good percentage is around 75 percent. An excellent measure would be 85 percent.
The Neighbors in Need program? The record shows 98.2 percent of every dollar donated goes directly to assist your neighbors. How can we achieve that? Well, there's no staff; so no wages or salaries. We don't have a building; so no rent, no utilities, no heat, no maintenance. No fund-raising events or promotions; so no fund-raising costs. No cost for paper, stamps, etc.; so no office expense. Our only non-program expenses is the fees the state of New Hampshire charges us to maintain our non-profits status. So, out of every dollar you donate to our program, 98 cents goes directly to your neighbors who are in financial need.
Another measure you could use is how much of your contribution stays "home" rather than going outside your community. Do a percentage of the dollars you donate go to national organizations or to people living somewhere else in the country or the world. Neighbors in Need? The 98 cents mentioned above stays right here in the Lakes Region, to folks you probably pass by in the local grocery store, the local bank, the local gas station.
Do your donations actually impact on people's lives? If you donated to the Neighbors in Need program this year, you helped a severely handicapped man get a much needed hearing aid. If you sent us a check this year, you made it possible for an elderly woman get her wheelchair fixed so that she could make her doctor's appointments. You helped a Belmont single mom who working and raising two children to buy some more oil to heat her apartment during last year's severe winter.
You helped a grandmother in Laconia pay to fix her car so she could continue to transport her medically complex grandchild. Your dollars helped a family of six in Gilford pay out-of-pocket expenses for colostomy supplies as they had not met her Medicaid spend-down amount. You matched the meager savings of a single woman on disability and helped her buy a car to replace the one that was no longer repairable.
So, if you contribute to Neighbors in Need, 98 percent of every dollar goes to make a major impact on the lives of your neighbors in your towns or city in the Lakes Region. If you haven't supported us in the past, won't you consider a gift no matter how small. We would really appreciate your consideration of a monthly or quarterly donation, as the need continues throughout the year.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays to all in the Lakes Region.
Bill Johnson, President
Neighbors in Need
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