Oconomowoc, WI (PRWEB) January 14, 2013
Congress threatened to take much more than taxpayers over the fiscal cliff as 2012 came to a close. Small non-profits like SNAPPIN' MINISTRIES, a 501(c)(3) organization involved in the support and empowerment of parents raising children with special needs, found year-end fundraising to be far more stressful this December than in years past.
"The benevolent donations that come in at the end of each calendar year usually provide us with at least one-third of our annual operating income," states Executive Director, Barbara Dittrich. "With benefactors so uncertain about whether Congress would get the fiscal cliff dilemma solved by its deadline and continuing worries about the deductibility of donations to organizations like ours, we found fewer people opening their wallets. This can put programs in peril for families who desperately need them."
SNAPPIN' MINISTRIES provides parents with support through quarterly free respite, quarterly fun accessible family events, TLC baskets and gift cards for hospitalizations, and ongoing mentoring for those who struggle.
"The parents we serve need a wide range of assistance and encouragement as they strive to give their children the care that they require. With the National Institutes of Health revealing the incredible statistic this past year that 1 in 6 children are affected by some sort of developmental disability, it's not hard to see that the need for what we do is great."
Dittrich also states that their organization is not the only one of its kind suffering from the nation's financial turmoil, "Colleagues from every part of the country have confirmed to me that they have experienced a precipitous drop in year-end donations. Some have even expressed that they may have to cut their already small staffs."
Individuals willing to support the work of SNAPPIN' MINISTRIES are invited to do so by visiting their online donation page. All donations currently remain fully tax deductible.