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Help is On the Way: Charitable Giving

posted: , by Sonya Durney
tags: Adults | Seniors | Art & Culture | Business | Government | News

A couple of years ago, I put together this blog post about charitable giving. Remarkably, the included links are still alive and kicking.

The instinct is strong to shake off the frustration we feel when Black Friday comes, Small Business Saturday goes, and Cyber Monday gets smaller in the rear-view mirror… if your gift list seems lame in the face of world realities, maybe the personal urge to make things better can be indulged for the good of the many. Read on:

You know you want to save the world.   You have a heart the size of our great State o’ Maine and finite finances. Where, oh, where to begin?

The good news is that there are some terrific resources out there to help you make good decisions that suit your priorities. Before your good intentions grind to a confused halt, take a look at some of these websites.

Where to start? A really terrific site to check out is Philanthropedia, Guide to Better Giving.  It is a great tool to help you focus and to understand various strategies for giving. It answers questions you may not know you have!

Sometimes you have a good idea of who you’d like to give to, but you’d like some reliable nuts-and-bolts rating information* about how they use your hard-earned donated dollars.

* Keep in mind that different sites will use different grading scales when rating nonprofits, as outlined in this TEDTalk. This one is well worth a few minutes viewing time. It presents an interesting view of nonprofits’ spending strategies.

That said, here are two sites that sort some of it out for you: Charity Navigator  and Guidestar.

These sites can also provide some focus when you know you want your donation to go toward a particular area of need, but need to find an organization that is a good fit.

It isn’t easy to know who to trust when unsolicited pleas for donations come your way. It might be a phone call, an email, something in your mailbox, or someone at your door. The Federal Trade Commission has a few things to say on the subject.

And let’s not forget that when we indulge our urge to be generous, we do so with the blessing of the US Tax Code. Here are some tips from the IRS.  Charitable giving can really pay off !

There are so many ways to make a difference. Finding what works for you can feel overwhelming. When opening your wallet seems like the best option, these resources may serve as guides. And, let’s just say it: there is nothing like the good feeling you get when you use your head to put your money where your heart is.

Happy Giving! Eileen of the Business and Government Team.


PPL’s store gets a reboot

posted: , by Emily Levine
tags: About the Library | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | News

“Where did all the books go?”

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Have you seen this sight on the first floor of our Main Library recently? Don’t panic – it’s the future home of our City of Readers Store!

Your purchases at the store support critical PPL programs like Summer Reading. We’re looking forward to making it easier for you to shop for high-quality used books and PPL swag – all while supporting the Library.

The current store is closed until Friday, Nov. 25 while we make the move. More info on the way, but we can’t wait to see you at the reopening!

Interested in becoming a store volunteer? Find out what’s involved, and fill out an application!

 

 

 


PPL Welcomes All

posted: , by Emily Levine
tags: About the Library | Director's Updates | Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | News

As PPL prepares to celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2017, we are grateful for each opportunity we have to serve as a resource for the entire community, now and into the future. All are welcome at the Library.

library for allWant to get involved in important community conversations? Learn about our Choose Civility programming.

Interested in exploring work from writers around the globe? Our staff has curated a great list of titles to try!

We also have resources to help kids and families talk about the immigrant experience and to support LGBTQ teens.

Teens can also stop in at the Main Library to visit the “I’m Capable of Anything: Stories from Deering High” exhibit, featuring stories written by twelve Deering High School students from Iraq, Angola, Vietnam, Somalia, Albania, Afghanistan, Burundi, Haiti, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We love being your library. We love being your neighbor.

 

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