Local Non-Profits Fear Fiscal Cliff 12/7/12
CBS 7 News
December 7, 2012
ODESSA- Donations are down at many West Texas charities, but many are fearful about what the fiscal cliff means to their future.
The Salvation Army depends on this time of year, but right now its warehouse in Odessa is barely filled with donations.
Lt. Monica Contreras of the Odessa Salvation Army said the Red Kettle Campaign, Toys for Tots and other major fundraisers support the nonprofit all year long.
“This is what carries us throughout the year and if we don’t have it,” said Lt. Contreras. “People go without.”
Lt. Contreras said the need is there, but the donations are not.
“For awhile there was an ‘up’, and everyone was doing well, but now we are seeing more and more people coming in this year,” said Lt. Contreras. “Especially these past 3 weeks.”
But what makes matters worse for non-profits is this so-called fiscal cliff, and the threat Congress could cut tax deductions for charitable donations.
Tom Pursel, the Executive Director of the United Way of Odessa, said he noticed a difference in participation among the community and local charities.
“People are being very cautious about donations,” said Pursel. “They are not sure what is going to happen, and so they are airing on the side of caution when they give.”
Pursel said United Way is only able to give donations readily available to charities they support.
“If funding drops, there will be less money for organizations we support like the Salvation Army,” said Pursel.
Lt. Contreras said she would remain hopeful.
“I know that maybe there’s a concern in the economy, but I know God’s faithful and I trust in Him to the end,” said Lt. Contreras.“But I do put a plea out to the community because there is a need.”