The Joy of Giving – NPOs, It’s Time!

‘Tis the season for the Joy of Giving. While I tend to not be a fan of giving gifts at a prescribed date or reason. I believe the joy of giving a gift is the reason to give a gift. There is something powerful in bringing someone something they want or need. The best gifts bring the giver as much joy as the recipient. I’m an only child – what can I say?

It’s time to amp up the Joy of Giving
Nonprofits are invited by Andrea Ball at the Austin American-Statesman to offer their annual holiday wish list – an opportunity create their wish list for either their organization or for the people they work with who need a little help this holiday season.

If you’re a nonprofit – Andrea’s note to you is below. If you’re a Gift Giver, keep an eye out here – I’m excited about being able to embrace the Joy of Giving!

P.S. Andrea – Thanks for doing this every year & being a good steward for the nonprofits and community.

— From Andrea:
Dear nonprofits –
It’s time for the annual holiday wish lists! The guidelines are the same as usual. Please send me your submissions by Dec. 11. Also, please make sure your submissions follow the format described below.

Here are the guidelines:
1)      Groups must be an official 501-c-3 or be under the umbrella of a community foundation.
2)      Groups may not ask for cash or volunteers. If we allowed that, it’s all people would ask for! We’re looking for stuff that people can give to you in time for the holidays, such as computers, office supplies, gift cards, clothing, food, furniture, cars or whatever you need. The sky’s the limit.
3)      Groups must provide a short explanation (one sentence) of what it does, provide contact information (phone, email, website) and then list its requests.
4)      Groups should limit its requests to one sentence. Please make it a real sentence, not a 300 word compound sentence. No funny business! 

Please submit your requests in the following format:
Group: The Andrea Foundation
Mission: To collect as many stuffed animals as possible for needy children
Contact info: aball@statesman.com or (512) 912-2506
Request: Beanie Babies, gift cards to Hallmark, etc.

If you could spread this email around, I would be grateful. No matter what I do, I always end up leaving someone out and I’d rather have someone get this email four times than not at all.

Any questions? Shoot me an email. Thanks!
Andrea Ball
Austin American-Statesman
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