Resources to aid giving, how to maximize your stimulus check and a new donated ad space program

#GivingTuesdayNow, a national effort being amplified by our local institutions to bring awareness to the needs surrounding the nonprofit sector during the coronavirus pandemic, is in full swing. The day is designed to drive an influx of donations, business and philanthropic activation, and citizen engagement to support our local community.

In support of #GivingTuesdayNow, we wanted to highlight a few resources to aid your giving, share a column I’ve written about how to maximize the benefits of stimulus checks, and tell you a bit about our own effort to help the nonprofit community through our Buy One Give One donated ad space program.

How and where to give:
There’s no shortage of organizations in need, and our philanthropic and business institutions have made it exceptionally easy to donate through a variety of platforms:

Direct donations: 
Donate directly to causes and nonprofits via the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines’ GiveDSM platform, which provides the opportunity to learn about the needs and opportunities of our community and offer support to those that match your interests. GiveDSM platform

Disaster Recovery Fund:
Don’t know which cause to help? Give more broadly to the recently launched Disaster Recovery Fund, which was created in partnership with disaster response and philanthropic organizations in Greater Des Moines to develop a collective strategy for charitable giving during times of disaster. Disaster Recovery Fund

Small Business Recovery Grants:
Many small businesses are experiencing immense hardship. In response, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Polk County and the City of Des Moines are teaming with Carlisle, Clive, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Urbandale, West Des Moines, Warren County and Windsor Heights to create a grant program to help keep small businesses in business. Small Business Recovery Grant

Buy One GIVE One donated ad space program:
The Business Record is joining the #GivingTuesdayNow movement with a Buy One GIVE One promotion to help drive awareness for small businesses and nonprofits who have been faced with great struggles during the COVID-19 crisis.

This program is designed both to allow corporations to highlight what they have done to support the community AND give a small business or nonprofit of their choice the ability in a Business Record ad to showcase the work they are doing, programs they are providing and/or garner fundraising support they need to continue affecting the community.

In addition to the print recognition, we’ll feature the supported organization in a social media post highlighting the organization and your support of this program. Participation is limited and additional details can be found online or by contacting Sara Brown at sarabrown@bpcdm.com.

COLUMN: Turn your stimulus check into a stimulus grant
In support of #GivingTuesdayNow, I wrote a column that explores ways to maximize the economic benefits of the government’s stimulus check program for the local community. The latest estimates show that 93.6% of tax filers will or have received a stimulus check of varying amounts depending on income level. 

While the intention of this particular stimulus was initiated first and foremost to help those in immediate need, that won’t necessarily happen in the most efficient way due to the design of the program. But, for those with the financial means, one way to increase the immediate benefit and get the funds directly to those most in need, isn’t just to spend your stimulus locally, but rather, give it away locally. 

In the column I encourage people to think of the stimulus as a government-issued stimulus grant that gives people the autonomy to distribute funds directly to support those in need of immediate support. Many in our audience already give to a variety of causes, but for many in the community, this extra cash could provide a fantastic opportunity to begin the giving cycle. Read the column