‘Tis the season!
As 2012 comes to a close, Riverkeeper encourages you to take advantage of workplace giving programs and make tax-deductible donations to non-profit organizations like ours.
Ask your employer about your workplace giving campaign, which will typically give you the option of deducting your gift from each paycheck through simple payroll deductions. It’s the easiest way to give, and provides organizations like Riverkeeper with the ongoing income we need to protect the environment.
For instance, if you’re paid biweekly, you can sponsor a water test for $8 ($16 per month). That amount will cover the material costs of monthly testing at one of 74 Hudson River locations where Riverkeeper tests to see if water meets federal safe-swimming standards.
If your employer is a member of EarthShare New York, giving to environmental causes is easy. Simply select Riverkeeper from the list of 60 organizations in the EarthShare network, and your contributions will benefit our mission of protecting the Hudson River and our drinking water supply. (If your employer isn’t an EarthShare member but is interested in joining, please contact Dan Shapley at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
If you are part of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), Riverkeeper’s number is 61184.
Even if your employer does not offer EarthShare as an option, you can often select the nonprofit organization of your choice by writing it in as part of the United Way or other charitable giving process. Riverkeeper is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization that is highly rated by Charity Navigator. Riverkeeper’s address is 20 Secor Road, Ossining, NY, 10562.
Finally, many employers offer matching gifts for their employees’ charitable donations. Ask your Human Resources department if you have this option, and please take advantage of your employer’s generosity!