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Year-end giving hits crunch time

The clock is ticking if you want to make your tax returns look better by supporting your favorite charities. December 31st is the deadline for people to make charitable contributions to potentially be used for tax write-offs. That makes for a busy time for non-profits that receive the funds. According to the charitable software company Neon One, the average non-profit raises between 17 and 22 percent of its annual revenue during December. The same study shows approximately 10 percent of all giving takes place on December 30th and 31st. It is something United Way of Door County Executive Director Amy Kohnle is aware of as they approach the final week of their annual campaign at 82 percent of their $825,000 goal. Kohnle says her volunteers are working hard to make sure they can help support other organizations to the best of their ability.

While Kohnle hopes you choose the United Way of Door County, she encourages you to think about what causes are important to you and ask questions to learn how your donations will be used. For those looking for the tax break, you must make those donations online by December 31st or make sure your check is dated December 31st and placed in the mail immediately. The United Way of Door County annual campaign runs through January 7th.

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