Year-End Giving

December 6, 2012

by Catherine Covington

‘Tis the season for charitable giving!  With only a few weeks left in 2012, it is time to start thinking about what charitable donations you would like to make this year if you have not done so already.  Charitable donations are an excellent way to reduce your tax burden for the year, and what better way to end the year than by making greater good possible.   If you intend to make a donation to RSF, start a donor advised fund, or make an addition to an existing fund, plan on getting those gifts in to RSF by no later than Friday, December 28th as our offices will be closed on Monday, December 31st.

Want to make a donation but having trouble deciding to which organization?  Let us help you decide!  We are always looking for additional support for the RSF Seed Fund, which makes small grants annually to support new initiatives that fall within RSF’s mission statement and focus areas.  If interested, please visit our donations page where you can easily make a credit card donation or contact me directly with any questions!

In 2012 Bikes Not Bombs received a Seed Fund grant to support its youth created and run mobile bike shop and mechanics training center.

Another worthwhile organization to consider is the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) located in Santa Cruz, CA.   OFRF is not only an RSF grantee but is also a Social Investment Fund investor!  OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policy that brings more farmers and acreage into organic production.  Since its founding in 1990, OFRF has been a leading champion for American organic family farmers and envisions that one day, organic farming will be the leading form of agriculture in America.

One of OFRF’s four areas of focus is Education.  OFRF believes that improving organic education for all ages is critical if America is to transition to an organic farming majority.   An area of particular emphasis for OFRF is America’s universities.  The organic food industry has experienced more than quadruple growth in the last decade, and OFRF constantly assesses and reports how agricultural universities are helping meet organic consumer demand by training organic farmers, conducting useful research, and organizing effective outreach.

OFRF is currently Raising an Organic Barn to provide stronger structure to increase organic acreage and farmers in our country. Learn more here:

Catherine Covington is Senior Program Associate, Philanthropic Services at RSF Social Finance.

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