The elephant in the room...
Fifty-four percent of donors in the USA, have a wavering view of the course our country is on.
This along with increasing concern about health, inflation, and recent losses in the stock market-fund market, all are signaling weaker donor attitudes in 2022 and 2023.
It might be worse as some say near-term pessimism among donors, is approaching an all-time high.
When I read these opinions or even facts from philanthropy organizations, I'm not dissuaded but I'm grateful that star of hope has an incredibly loyal donor base.
For the last two years star of hope has been on an economic roller coaster and the donors have always come through in the end.
Even with a lawyer donor base the economy affects Star of Hope tremendously, food prices in Haiti have doubled more than three times in the last 10 years and our lunch feeding program costs more than ever.
The war in Ukraine has emptied our coffers. We were helping in Ukraine directly after the Chornobyl accident in 1986, so we feel compelled to help again as we have many friends there. We have been at the border of Ukraine and Romania since day one.
We want to do more, to help more and this year's year-end-giving is an appeal to you to help a child of war or a hungry kid in Haiti. These are the two programs of many that we need help with now at year's end.
My wife and I tithe, it is our decision, and we feel blessed to do so. Sometimes it gets tight, but we never waver, we instead cut back on non-essentials. I believe we are blessed when we do so.
Our giving at Star of Hope has been stable but erratic. This is due to the future of nonprofits being in flux, the number of new nonprofits is increasing. In 1970 there were 700,000 nonprofits in the USA now there are 1.5 million.
That is not including funding done by Facebook, GoFundMe, YouCaring, Indiegogo, Generosity, CrowdRise, Just Giving, and so on.
The new internet fundraising sites take that number of nonprofits to some huge number I do not know and can not get a good grasp on.
Be sure though many private people are raising money for private people and things, some honorable and some perhaps not.
This all means there are more and more nonprofits and people, in general, asking for your donation. How does one decide, there are a lot of good causes out there.
It is my opinion and most important to me that your nonprofit giving should come with great timely reporting and that is one thing we at Star of Hope pride ourselves with.
Another is contractability, if you call our office, you get a real person and you are welcome to speak to the CEO.
So, even if you are scared or unsure about the economy, and you decide to give, know that your yearend giving will have a great effect at Star of Hope, and you will get a report back. You are welcome to call me and ask questions.
I appeal to you for your yearend gift!