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Mail delays affecting critical year-end fundraising


Mail delays affecting critical year-end fundraising

If you haven’t seen a year-end appeal from a local nonprofit organization, it doesn’t mean the need has been met. Many area organizations are confronting an unexpected challenge right now: mail delays. 

Many organizations have recently relayed their concerns to the Scranton Area Community Foundation. “Nonprofit organizations have indicated that they are experiencing challenges in fundraising resulting from mail delays,” 
Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO Laura Ducceschi said in a statement. “Interested donors shouldn’t assume that organizations aren’t in need just because they may not have received a request in the mail.”

“December is typically a very strong month for us where we receive nearly a third of the needed funds for the year. With mail delays, donations are simply not coming in,” stated 
Indra Lahiri of Indraloka Animal Sanctuary. “I urge everyone in our community that can do so to donate to your favorite charities now. Don’t wait for their usual letter, it may not get to you anytime soon, Please donate online to help your favorite organizations continue their life-saving work,” stated Lahiri.

Craig Lukatch, President of Lacawac Sanctuary Environmental Education Center, has also seen delays with donations reaching the nonprofit in Lake Ariel. “This year has been very difficult on all nonprofit organizations, especially Lacawac Sanctuary. We have seen significant delays with donations reaching us and at this time of year, every donation counts,” Lukatch stated. “Those who are looking to make a year-end gift should contact the nonprofit to let them know a contribution is on its way or go to their website to make a donation online.”

The Scranton Area Community Foundation’s message shedding light on this important topic affecting nonprofits appeared in the 
Scranton Times-Tribune on Thursday, December 24, 2020. 
 It’s no secret that this year has brought many challenges to our communities. Because of the continued generosity of our loyal supporters, the Scranton Area Community Foundation has been able to respond quickly to the increasing needs of our friends and neighbors. This year, you have helped us to provide funding support for 463 charitable programs in Northeastern Pennsylvania totaling over $3 million dollarsThis was only possible because of you.

Here is a look at our year in review and the impact made possible in 2020 because of your support: 



The needs continue across our region.

If you would like to 
make a year-end gift to our Unrestricted Community Needs Fund, you can enjoy tax benefits while helping us to meet the most critical, continuous needs of our friends and neighbors. You can make your donation securely online, through our website here. Thank you for your continued support. 

Together, we are stronger

Did you know? The Scranton Area Community Foundation offers a wide variety of charitable planning tools to help charitably-minded individuals and businesses support the causes they care about including donor-advised funds, scholarship funds, field of interest funds, non-endowed funds, charitable trusts, and charitable gift annuities. We even offer a 20% match (up to $5,000) in the first two years for newly established endowment funds!

The Scranton Area Community Foundation has been working to enhance the quality of life for people across the Northeastern Pennsylvania region since 1954, serving the community as a steward, a grantmaker, a charitable resource, and a catalyst for change and growth. 

With more than 215 charitable funds and assets of more than $45 million, the Scranton Area Community Foundation distributed over $3 million in grants and scholarships in 2020. Additionally, through foundation management services offered to other private and public foundations, the Scranton Area Community Foundation distributed an additional $1.2 million in grants and scholarships in 2020 through assets under management. 
We’re working hard during these challenging times to create a better quality of life for our friends and neighbors in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We are proud to be your community foundation, working together to create a stronger, kinder, and more livable region. 
Thank you for your continued support.
To learn more about the Scranton Area Community Foundation and how you can make a charitable impact in Northeastern Pennsylvania through a planned gift, visit SAFplans.org.

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