Most of us are aware of the Chamber of Commerce campaign to “Shop Local.” The concept is that our local economy will receive a badly needed boost if we spend locally instead of shopping online or in other communities. It is my contention that the same can be said for giving locally.
The list of charitable choices on a regional, national and global scale continues to grow and to become more easily accessible as the Internet continues to expand. But as the needs of nonprofits in the four counties served by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry continue to escalate, it is just as important that our charitable spending stay local. Consider the needs of our neighbors who have lost their jobs or their homes in the last year or so. Think about those who have inadequate health care. In difficult economies, incidents of violence increase, and the victims need assistance. Consider the significant impact of reduced resources on organizations supporting education, the arts and culture, and the environment.
Please, as you complete your decision-making for charitable giving for 2009, GIVE LOCAL. The Community Foundation and our nonprofit partners are local organizations staffed by people from our community and led by local boards of trustees with an in-depth knowledge of the issues that shape our community.
Help our local economy. Help our local nonprofit sector. Help our friends and neighbors. And know that your generosity will be something that matters, every day.
Denise K. Spencer