Non-Profits Fundraise Creatively

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli
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March 23, 2006

Many charities and organizations rely on donations to run their programs, but what happens when that money just isn't coming in? Charitable donations are going down--at least that's according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which shows that for donations in 2004, top donors gave $10 billion where as last year, donations were only at $4.5 billion.

A local non-profit called FOCUS, benefiting the Women's Resource Center, hosts a Flea Market to raise their needed funds. Teenage pregnancy has dropped in Virginia, but the Center for Disease and Control Prevention reports that 41 out of every 1,000 girls aged 15-19 get pregnant. Furthermore, the National average for repeat teen pregnancies within two years is 50%.

FOCUS' goal is to help young mothers like these. Their repeat teen pregnancy average is only 3%. Their programs work both in school and out of school for teens, and include things like teen pregnancy prevention, self-esteem building, mentoring, and tutoring.

For women aged 20 and up, FOCUS helps them achieve their personal and career goals, and helps their families. According to FOCUS' Tracy Furtado Lambert, they provide "mental health counseling sessions, individual coaching for career assessment, and also workshops."

The Flea Market is located next to the KMART and is open now through Monday, March 27, from 10 a.m. -- 7:00 p.m.

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