Paterson, New Jersey (PRWEB) December 02, 2014
At Eva's Village, a comprehensive anti-poverty organization in Paterson, New Jersey, holiday appeals (Thanksgiving and Christmas) account for more than 40% of their yearly donations from such appeals throughout the year. This year Eva’s Village is participating in #GivingTuesday to help boost their holiday donations. #GivingTuesday is a national movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season. We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
During the holiday season and toward the end of the calendar year, donations to a charitable organization increase dramatically compared to the rest of the year. Many people want to show appreciation during the holiday season and as the year comes to a close, and research has shown that as much as 50 percent of charitable donations are made between Thanksgiving and Christmas. "It is a time of year when people feel particularly generous and caring and making charitable donations is ever-present in many people’s minds; the holidays simply bring out the best in us" says Ms. Fico, director of marketing & education at Eva’s Village.
Donors looking for holiday and end of year charitable giving opportunities should do their research to make sure the charity is both reputable and qualified. To make sure your charitable dollars will be used as you expect, do some research. Make sure at least 75% of your donation is used directly for services. All charities have fund raising and administrative expenses, but ideally no more than 25% of donations should be supporting those aspects of the charity. For example, only 13.5% of all donations at Eva's village go towards administrative & fundraising expenses. Eva’s Village has repeatedly received the highest rating (four star) from Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/). Ken Berger, President & Chief Executive Officer, Charity Navigator says, “This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Eva’s Village from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”
Originally a New Jersey soup kitchen, Eva’s Village was founded in 1982 by Msgr. Vincent E. Puma in response to the increasing incidence of homelessness in Paterson, NJ. But Msgr. Puma soon realized that another New Jersey soup kitchen was not enough. With the generous support of thousands of donors and private and government grants, Eva’s Village has grown into the most comprehensive anti-poverty program in New Jersey, providing food, shelter, recovery programs, free medical and dental care and transitional and affordable housing, plus opportunities for education, job counseling and more.
To donate to this NJ Charity go to http://evasvillage.org/donate.shtml. For more information about Eva’s Village, call (973)-523-6220, go to http://www.evasvillage.org or write to: Donna Fico, Director of Marketing & Education, Eva’s Village, 393 Main Street, Paterson, NJ, 07501.