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Think of charitable possibilities

Published: Wed, April 18, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Think of charitable possibilities

It seems everywhere you go you hear or see something about the oil and gas phenomenon that is occurring in and around Columbiana County. Testimonies of property owners getting checks well into the six and seven digits are plentiful. Overnight millionaires make Jed Clampett and the Beverly Hillbillies seem like a modern day reality show. Preparedness is the strategy of the day from jobs, to skills, to food, lodging and housing. I attended a recent luncheon meeting presented by Consumer’s Bank. Increased deposits are a sure sign that leasing and royalty checks are being cashed. Happy days are here again, it would seem.

It is my hope that along with the new found wealth, so too will there be some old-fashioned help-thy-neighbor spirit and support-your-local-charities attitude. While we worry about sufficient infrastructure to support this oil and gas boom, let’s consider the day-to-day social infrastructure provided by numerous local non-profit organizations. From social concerns to the Salvation Army and community foundations to the United Way. Senior citizens, children, the developmentally and financially challenged, 4-H, theater and the arts, nature, history and preservation and abused and neglected adults, children and pets need more support.

Consider a tax-deductible donation to local 501(c)3 non-profit organizations as a strategy to relieve some of the tax consequences of new income. Look for a local option for your charitable giving. Don’t just blindly donate, but ask to see financial records and spending habits, along with a physical inspection of the operation.

Sadly, there are organizations that will take your money that do not have the proper credentials to make your gift tax-deductible. Ask your investment or tax professional for help when evaluating possibilities for your gift of giving.

Please give often. To whom much is given, much is expected.

Jenny Pike, Salem


1enjoytheride(26 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Well Said Mrs Pike.
the worse offenders in our areas is animal rescues. It seems like there is a new one every week. The ones that want 300-600 for a "rescued" pet are ridiculous. You can go to Angels and get a full vetted, spayed or neutered dog for $150.00! There are some shelters that are less than that like the Geagua Humane Village where fully vetted spayed or neutered dogs are $85.00. They even have special rates for senior citizens for as low as 15.00!
the worse one is the people on craiglist that beg for money to pay their vet bill where their rescue that boards dogs. All the real rescues I donate to are offended by this because they cant understand why any one would waste money boarding dogs. They all have said they have much better things to spend money on than board.
I always ask for a letter for my taxes. If they give some excuse why they don't have a 501 3c or say well we applied...or some other lame exuse. I walk away.
Sadly there are just too many con artists out there today, and far too many in animal "rescue" for profit. It is almost as if they are a "rescue broker." The internet has made it even easier. One rescue person said if I cant drive there and see it, I dont believe it.
They make it tough for the real places like the Humane Society of Colulmbiana County, Animal Charity or Animal Welfare League to get donations.
It is even harder with all the tv commericals with the big corporate animal shelters or rescues pandering for money.
As my friend in advertising says, the money they spend making and airing those tear jerking animal commercials was given to a LOCAL shelter, it would be in the tens of thousands of dollars and that is something they all could use!
Donate to your local animal shelter today!

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