Non-profits ready for ‘Alabama Gives Day’

Published 5:53 pm Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Three Demopolis non-profit organizations, along with several others that have ties to the area, hope to generate new support by taking part in something that has never been done before.

The Alabama Association of Nonprofits (AAN), in partnership with the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the Razoo Foundation, is taking one day to harness the power of individual contributions statewide, connecting new and existing donors with more than 800 Alabama nonprofits.

The Demopolis City Schools Foundation, (DCSF) the city’s Habitat for Humanity and Harriet’s House are asking their supporters to contribute online and encouraging new members to find out how easy it is to help a project of their choice.

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The timing couldn’t be better for the DCSF.

“This is how we’re choosing to kick off our 2012 Annual Giving Campaign,” said Amanda Barnes, executive director.

“It is an opportunity for those of us who live in rural Alabama to understand the power of community philanthropy, she continued. “In rural areas non-profits do their work quietly, without a lot of fanfare. It takes everybody pitching in to make is a success,” she said.

“Alabama Gives Day will try to raise record amounts in gifts for charities across the state in a 24-hour period to help charitable organizations continue to provide a broad spectrum of aid across the state,” said Sharon Tinsley, President of the Alabama Broadcasters Association.

WIN98, a member of the ABA, will host representatives from the three local groups in a brief interview at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. DJ Joey T, who will host the interview, said the station joined the Alabama Gives Day project because it is good for the community and is a way that Alabama can give back.

“We’re taking part in Alabama Gives Day for a few reasons, but mainly to raise badly needed funds for Harriet’s House and to connect to possible new donors,” said Susanna Naisbett, director. “We hope that participation will also raise awareness of the effects of domestic violence on our communities and families.”

Officials with Habitat for Humanity are hoping the timing of the event will give volunteers the spark needed to complete its project house.

“We are in the process of completing the second habitat house; however, we still need material and labor,” said Aliquippa Allen, an officer with Habitat.

“This is why we need your contributions on Alabama Gives Day in order to continue our mission of building affordable homes to improve the quality of life in our community.”

AAN spearheaded Alabama Gives Day with the goal of dramatically growing the number of individual donors contributing to charities in the state, said Russell A. Jackson, AAN Alabama Gives Day.

“The time has come to increase the awareness of a sector that helps make our state such a desirable place to live while connecting new donors to nonprofits throughout Alabama,” Jackson continued.

Alabama Gives Day will take place during a 24-hour period starting at 12 a.m. on Feb. 2. Donations will be accepted online via a centralized and secure site at The donors select the non-profits of their choice.