‘Tis the season for giving, but not everyone is feeling the love. Some non-profits are experiencing a huge dip in donations, but others say their donations are continuing to pour in.
It’s been a challenging year in the islands. Natural disasters like hurricanes, floods and volcanic eruptions have impacted thousands of people and donations are needed now more than ever for many local families.
The latest numbers for the Salvation Army’s national red kettle campaign are down, which could hurt those in need.
But Emily Mendez-Bryant the Vice President of Fundraising for The Aloha United Way said donors in Hawaii have continued to give generously.
“It’s been very successful. We have seen a growth in our campaign year after year for several years now, which is been really great. We have such generous support in the community, and we are definitely going to be surpassing our goal,” said Mendez-Bryant.
The Aloha United Way supports 338 nonprofit organizations in Hawaii providing more than 920,000 services to everyone from keiki to kupuna.
“There’s such a big group of non-profits that you can give to 100 percent goes back to that nonprofit,” explained Mendez-Bryant.
She said communication is one of Aloha United Way’s strengths.
“It’s showing our donors and prospects the impact in the community their donations give.”
Aloha United Way celebrates its centennial next year. That’s 100 years of giving. And every little bit counts.
“There’s so many ways that you can give back, whether it’s just donating your time or even in kind donations like toys during the holidays, There’s just so many things you can do,” said Mendez-Bryant.