Making merry and bright

Spreading joy at the holidays will brighten your day and lift your spirits. That is a proven fact. Those who are generous and charitable gain more by giving. There is research that verifies the intrinsic value of charity—that happy people give and that giving makes them happier.

The transformed Scrooge knew instinctively how to become a better human through generosity.

The holidays can be tough—we miss loved ones, we have expectations that seem beyond the tangible, others struggle with loneliness and illness. Giving to a good nonprofit may help you find solace and comfort—especially if you choose one wisely.

Research says that giving to a charity is as good as sex or eating chocolate—this was determined by analyzing donor and non-donor brain waves. There is an admonition: donors want to know that their gift is being used wisely and that the recipients are deserving.

You can be assured that any organization that has joined with the Clinton County Foundation has a cause that is worthy, that their mission is to improve some segment of our community-- to lift the people we know and love here in Clinton County.

One the reasons that the Clinton County Foundation was created more than 30 years ago, was to ensure that nonprofit organizations followed the parameters of accounting practices and ensured their donors a tax deduction. Donors want to know that that they are giving to a nonprofit that is careful and prudent, that their gift is helping someone.

One of the ways that the Foundation helps nonprofits is to allow them to share some of their stories through our gift catalog on the Give Where You Live page. Go here to see it:

The CCF raises funds for food and food pantries. As winter sets in, those who choose to pay their heating bills, may not have enough to eat. One of the local medical centers hands out vouchers because their patients sacrifice eating, so that they can see a doctor. One of our local elementary schools is the recipient of a food backpack program. Forty-five percent of the kids in Clinton County are on free or reduced pay lunches.

In Clinton County, people should not go hungry. Help us raise $5,000 for our food pantries. Click on this and you will be led to our online giving website:

Want to make your holiday happy and bright? Give.

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