Fundraising efforts sometimes tricky

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After Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake fell short of reaching its goal, other organizations are continuing with their fundraising efforts.

Jessica Smith, executive director of the United Way, said they met their campaign goal for the year, but they still have other fundraisers planned to promote the organization.

She said they try to focus on showing people the positive outcomes.

“We want to show them the good things that come from making donations.”

She said although some of the fundraisers are not huge, it still promotes the United Way’s efforts to raise money to support the community.

This summer, they’re holding two fundraisers. The first is a golf tournament for the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, and the second is their third annual car show, in partnership with Future Shop.

She said the car show is especially unique, since there are not that many car shows in Pictou County.

“It’s not a huge fundraiser for us, but it promotes awareness and it’s a fun family event.”

The fundraisers also remind the community to donate to their annual campaign.

However, some organizations have their struggles.

Lisa Smith, executive director of the Pictou County Early Intervention Association, said their fundraising has been tricky.

They support 35 kids, including 12 through fundraising. Twenty-five others are on a waiting list while ten are new referrals that are currently under review.

They need at least $40,000 a year to keep up the support.

“There is a lot of competition for worthy organizations.”

She said they get two-thirds of funds from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The rest is from fundraising or other forms of assistance.

She said the efforts of the fundraising committee are good and they always try to do something to get the biggest bang for their buck.

Many other non-profit organizations find it a challenge to fundraise, she said.

“I think we’re in the same boat as a lot of other organizations.

She said she is grateful for the support from the United Way and the generous community of Pictou County.

Organizations: United Way, Nova Scotia Government, General Employees Union Future Shop Pictou County Early Intervention Association Department of Education and Early Childhood

Geographic location: Pictou County

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