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Oregon Nonprofits Report Strong End-Of-Year Giving

OPB | Jan. 1, 2014 1:42 p.m. | Updated: Jan. 2, 2014 12:10 p.m.

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The U.S. economy has recently shown slow, but steady recovery. For some Oregon nonprofits, that translated to strong end-of-year charitable giving.

December 31st is a busy day for nonprofits. Organizations across the state processed end-of-year tax-deductible donations up until New Year’s Eve.  

Gary Kish is the development director at the Oregon Humane Society. He says it looks like 2013 was a strong year for charitable contributions.

“We’ll probably be up eight percent over the prior year. The last six weeks of the year definitely make a big impact on us. We often see that a quarter of our revenue comes the last two months of the year,” Kish said.

Eric Allen is the development director for Portland-based Friends of Trees, an organization that plants and tends urban forests. He says more people gave in 2013 than in years past, and individuals are also tending to give a little more to his nonprofit.

“It’s just a joy to be able to write thank you notes to people for gifts,” says Allen. 

According to a 2013 Oregon Community Foundation report, Oregonians tend to give more generously than the nation as a whole.

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