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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Donation of Beds from Olympic Opening Ceremonies and Other Ways to Help Nonprofits

Posted by Armanino Nonprofit Team

If you watched the Olympic opening ceremonies, you may remember kids jumping on trampoline beds. The 320 beds used in that scene are now being donated to Project CURE, a nonprofit organization based in Colorado whose mission is to “identify, solicit, collect, sort and distribute medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world.” The beds will eventually be donated to hospitals in need.

The donation of the beds reminded me of the many different ways that individuals can contribute to nonprofits. So although you might not have excess beds to donate, here are other ways you can help.

  1. Join the board of a nonprofit. Nonprofits are continually in search of new board members.
  2. Offer to help a nonprofit better organize their operations. Functions such as file maintenance, grant writing and routine office duties can help a nonprofit organization in a big way.
  3. Contributions of money, clothing, food, furniture and other tangible goods.
  4. Volunteer your time and skills. Specialized skills such as accounting and finance, legal and medical are always in high demand, but less specialized skills such as painting, cleaning, gardening and food preparation are also always needed.

There really is no limit to what you can do to help a nonprofit organization. You should identify nonprofit organizations whose mission and cause you believe in and are passionate about and start with helping those organizations. Nonprofits needing help can be found through organizations like the United Way.

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