The Monett Area Community Foundation (MACF) has launched a year-end campaign to raise additional funds for the local organization, which awards grants to many worthy community groups and efforts throughout the year.
Traditionally, the end of the year is a time when people often make charitable donations, and as 2010 comes to a close, MACF officials are hoping local citizens will choose to make a financial gift to support the foundation.
"I want to encourage those who can to consider a year-end gift for both the tax deduction and the fulfillment of making a difference right here in our community as we head into the promise a new year brings," said Mark Nelson, president of the Monett Area Community Foundation, which serves the communities of Moentt, Purdy, Pierce City and Granby.
The local foundation, which operates under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, allows individuals to make gifts directly to a specific non-profit fund or to an unrestricted fund that supports the MCF's community grantmaking program.
"This program allows us to focus on the most pressing needs presented to our board," said Nelson. "As a community foundation, we are committed to using your gifts to improve the lives of our own residents through areas like grantmaking, scholarships, local partnerships and community service."
Anyone who is interested in making a tax-deductible contribution before Dec. 31 can contact Nelson at 417-235-2265 or the Community Foundation of the Ozarks at 417-864-6199.
According to Nelson, the foundation accepts monetary gifts by mail or online and is also set up to accept donations of other assets, such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds or real estate.
"As an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, we can assure your gift will be wisely managed and invested with the CFO's nealy 40-year track record of growing stronger communities across southern Missouri," Nelson said.