In our opinion: Give to nonprofits

Published: Thursday, March 21 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

The goal of "Love Utah Give Utah" is to call attention to the ways we can make a difference, which is easier to accomplish than many people think.

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Tomorrow is "Love Utah Give Utah," a day when the state's nonprofit organizations unite their efforts to raise awareness of Utah charities and encourage local residents to give something back to their communities. It's a great idea, as well as a timely one. These organizations need your help now more than ever.

Over the past five years, the number of nonprofit organizations in the state has fallen by a staggering 38 percent. While this is disappointing, it is also likely the result of temporary circumstances rather than a lack of generosity among Utah residents. It's an undeniable truth that the weak economy has made it more difficult for many to give to worthwhile causes, which means that Utah charities are forced to do more with less along with everyone else.

Unfortunately, that leaves these organizations with fewer resources, even as they face growing needs among the populations they are designed to serve. During tough times, we can't stand idly by and allow that to happen.

Utah nonprofits are the organizations that provide food and shelter for the homeless, as well as life-saving medical care for those who can't afford to pay. In addition, they educate our children and provide art and music to enhance the quality of life in our homes and communities. These groups depend on the support of people of goodwill from all walks of life, of whom many make tremendous sacrifices to lift others. Their impact is immeasurable. Without them, all of us would be diminished.

In tough times, many of us can become so focused on our own needs that we may overlook a chance to help someone else. The goal of "Love Utah Give Utah" is to call attention to the ways we can make a difference, which is easier to accomplish than many people think. People may become discouraged if they think their donation is too small, but a lot of small donations add up quickly.

Local communities have tried similar approaches, and the results have been inspiring. Park City's Day of Giving in November has raised over $600,000 for nonprofit organizations. Taking this effort statewide is the right thing to do, and, hopefully, it will generate even greater support.

You can get involved by visiting www.loveUTgiveUT.org online. To participate, all you need is a $10 minimum donation, which is fully tax deductible. This is an effort whose time, thankfully, has come.

Tomorrow is "Love Utah Give Utah," a day when the state's non-profit organizations unite their efforts to raise awareness of Utah charities and encourage local residents to give something back to their communities. It's a great idea, as well as a timely one. These organizations need your help now more than ever.

Over the past five years, the number of non-profit organizations in the state has fallen by a staggering 38 percent. While this is disappointing, it is also likely the result of temporary circumstances rather than a lack of generosity among Utah residents. It's an undeniable truth that the weak economy has made it more difficult for many to give to worthwhile causes, which means that Utah charities are forced to do more with less along with everyone else.

Unfortunately, that leaves these organizations with fewer resources even as they face growing needs among the populations they are designed to serve. During tough times, we can't stand idly by and allow that to happen.

Utah non-profits are the organizations that provide food and shelter for the homeless, as well as life-saving medical care for those who can't afford to pay. In addition, they educate our children and provide art and music to enhance the quality of life in our homes and communities. These groups depend on the support of people of good will from all walks of life, of whom many make tremendous sacrifices to lift others. Their impact is immeasurable. Without them, all of us would be diminished.

In tough times, many of us can become so focused on our own needs that we may overlook a chance to help someone else. The goal of "Love Utah Give Utah" is to call attention to the ways we can make a difference, which is easier to accomplish than many people think. People may become discouraged if they think their donation is too small, but a lot of small donations add up quickly.

Local communities have tried similar approaches, and the results have been inspiring. Park City's Day of Giving in November has raised over $600,000 for non-profit organizations. Taking this effort statewide is the right thing to do, and, hopefully, it will generate even greater support.

You can get involved by visiting www.loveUTgiveUT.org online. To participate, all you need is a $10 minimum donation, which is fully tax deductible. This is an effort whose time, thankfully, has come.

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