“Give Where You Live” is the first annual giving campaign for the Clinton County Foundation’s many charitable community partners according to Jan Blohm, executive director for the organization.
The campaign kicks off on Tuesday, Nov. 29 — which coincides with #GivingTuesday — the global day of giving, volunteering and lending your voice to the needs of philanthropies worldwide.
“Here in Clinton County, we are celebrating and honoring the value of philanthropy with our online Holiday Wish Catalog,” said Blohm.
The catalog is unique because it shares the urgent needs of our community in a descriptive format that is similar to the holiday wish books so many receive through the mail. The Clinton County Foundation Holiday Wish Catalog is special because it is online at www.clintoncountyohiofoundation.org, go to the Holiday Wish link on the front page.
“We are really excited about bringing so many charities together for our community — they do good work. The Foundation feels it’s important to take a leadership role in raising funds for them, especially when so many urgently need the help,” said Blohm. “That’s why we are here.”
She added that, unlike some of the national nonprofit organizations, those who partner with the Foundation are truly focused on our community and the money stays locally to make a difference. “We want donors to be reassured that we stand for integrity and the gift they make, is one that builds on the mission of a local organization and the donor’s gift is going to help a neighbor, a friend or a family member.”
“This is really about our community’s donors having the easiest, quickest way to give — using a credit card. It’s simple and secure,” emphasized Blohm. For those who want to honor a friend or family member with a holiday gift of charity, a card will be sent to the recipient notifying them of the kindness bestowed upon them by the donor.
Over the next few weeks, the Foundation will be sharing the importance of giving and how a charitable heart can bring joy to the donor, as well as the recipient.
“We have some great and wonderful gifts that have been made to this community over the years — the Murphy Theatre is a prime example. But it’s not just giving thousands of dollars, it’s about caring for one another,” said Blohm. The organizations that make giving so rewarding will be featured, as well.
The last day of the Give Where You Live campaign through the 2016 Holiday Wish Catalog is Dec. 31 at midnight.
“Won’t it be great that so many in our community gave, that all the holiday wishes from our local nonprofits are fulfilled?” said Blohm.