Money woes plague local non-profits

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

MESA COUNTY, Colo. As people continue to work on recovering from the recent recession, local non-profits may be forced to work harder.

Kannah Creek Brewing Company feels it is important to give back to the community. They hold various fundraisers to support local charities, a responsibility the restaurant is happy to take on.

“It means a lot to us to be able to give back to those that are less fortunate than us…almost our duty to be able to give back to those that are hurting right now, that haven’t been as successful and with the non-profits they are taking so many cuts,” said Katlin Lubeley the Marketing Director for Kannah Creek Brewing Company.

According to a study by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, nearly 77% of Colorado non-profits reported an increased demand for services this year, but the donation dollars are falling short.

“Donations haven’t really increased and actually have gone down last year, about $50,000,” said Major Dan Wilson of the Salvation Army.

The United Way of Mesa County is singing the same tune. A decrease in donation dollars makes it challenging to meet their annual goals.

“Our fundraising drives have not been up as they have been in years past and for that reason we aren’t getting as much into the community as we would like,” said Amanda Crysler of The United Way of Mesa County.

On top of the demand for services going up, many programs are being cut back by non-profits. As a result, The Salvation Army has had to take more on, stretching their staff and volunteers to the limit.

“People have asked us to take up those programs, our staff, our volunteers have tried to do that and have tried to do that with a smile,” said Wilson.

Western Slope charities may be working on overdrive to keep up with community demands and Crysler says it’s well worth the effort.

“If we didn’t have the local non-profits that we did have in Mesa County, our local economy would be worse off over the last five years,” said Crysler.

Today is Colorado Gives Day, which is a way to support local non-profits in the community. Kannah Creek held a fundraiser to help raise money for different Grand Valley charities in honor of the day.

All of the funds raised for The Salvation Army and The United Way of Mesa County stay right here in the community. And both organizations say despite a setback in their finances, they are still able to stretch their dollars and services to help the valley.

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