Give to Make a Difference

Give to Make a Difference

Year-end Giving Ideas ─ Invest Locally

As the 2016 year-end giving deadline approaches (midnight, December 31), consider giving to a local charity. With more than 500 non-profit / 501C organizations registered in Carver County alone, you have a lot to choose from.

Think about the causes that matter to you, and invest your dollars wisely to make a difference. Whatever your passion, here are some local causes / organizations to consider for year-end donations:

  • Breast Cancer Awareness, Research and Help ─
    • Susan G. Komen Minnesota is a local branch of the world’s largest breast cancer organization. Komen Minnesota invests in local communities to support early detection and treatment of breast cancer and to provide breast health education and research. To donate, visit
    • The Hope Chest provides the quickest access to help with the most urgent emergency needs of local breast cancer patients. The Hope Chest provides practical help that may include anything from paying for childcare and transportation to providing access to nutritious meals. To donate, visit
  • Colon Cancer Awareness and Research – The Colon Cancer Coalition, based in Minneapolis, is dedicated to encouraging screening and raising awareness of colorectal cancer. Deer Run residents Dan and Paula McQuillen showed their support for the coalition by hosting the Inaugural Caboose Cup ─ Sean McQuillen Memorial Golf Outing last August in honor of their son, Sean McQuillen, who died at the age of 34 after a short 30-day diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer.   To donate, visit
  • Kids with Cancer Pinky Swear (formerly Miracles of Mitch), is a Bloomington-based foundation that helps kids with cancer and their families. The Pinky Swear Foundation supports families’ quality-of-life with direct financial aid for basic needs, and through experiences that create emotional support, including memorable experiences through family getaways. To donate, visit
  • Homeless Youth in Carver County ─ The Open Hands Foundation seeks to create and support solutions to solve unmet needs of vulnerable people in the Twin Cities Southwest Metro Area. The foundation is currently focused on a shelter for homeless youth located at the Hope House in Chanhassen. On any given night there are 2,500 teens that don’t sleep at home in Minnesota as many as 9 each night in the Southwest Metro area alone. To donate, visit
  • At-Risk Youth ─ TreeHouse programs bring hope to hurting youth and families leading to life transformation. TreeHouse provides a safe environment as well as mentoring for teens to receive support, guidance and practical skills in making better choices today to live as healthy adults tomorrow. To donate, visit: .
  • Hunger Relief ­Bountiful Basket Food Shelf seeks to eliminate hunger for people in need in Eastern Carver County, one family at a time. Over the past 12 months, the food shelf provided 300,000 lbs. of food serving nearly 15,000 individuals in need of assistance in the Chaska, Chanhassen, Carver and Victoria area. To donate, visit:
  • Assistance for Neighbors in Need ─ Love, Inc. (Love in the Name of Christ) connects neighbors in need to local partner churches and organizations in Eastern Carver County. A variety of services and resources are available and include everything from baby supplies to beds to cleaning supplies to furniture and food. To donate, visit:
  • Easy Online Giving consider giving to the organization of your choice through GiveMN, a link to Minnesota schools and organizations that makes giving online to multiple organizations easy and efficient. Search for the cause or organization of your choice at

Blessed are those who give, for they may receive tax deductions (if they itemize)!

Note: for tax tips on year-end giving / charitable donations, visit

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