The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation is celebrating Community Foundation Week until Nov. 18, looking to increase donations to local nonprofits serving Oak Park and River Forest.
It is the OPRF Community Foundation Season of Giving, which began in October and extends through Dec. 31. Traditionally, many people from the area will be looking to give back to the communities that have supported them. A Live & Give survey was conducted earlier this year and provided Oak Park-River Foresters with more insight about their donations.
According to the survey:
- Oak Park-River Forest is a very giving community
- Residents want to know more about organizations, particularly their needs and impacts
- Residents would rather give time locally than non-locally
- Residents would rather give to Kids-oriented organizations locally
- The community sees itself as less of a priority for giving, but would happily give to local organizations if they understood the efforts were non-local
- Residents want to see proof that organizations are efficient and well-run
The survey also revealed that local donors give twice the national average, but only 49% of their dollars are given locally. The OPRF Community Foundation is hopeful to see a dramatic increase in that percentage.
Some nonprofit organizations that help support the OPRF community include PlantItGreen, The Community Leadership Program, the Future Philanthropists Program, Women Leaders in Philanthropy, The Big Idea and many more. The Community Foundation also provides hundreds of scholarship opportunities and enrichment grants to students.
Tis the season to give locally. The Community Foundation is asking you to show your support through social media using the hashtag #GiveOPRF, and in print. Any donation, cash or real property, can be transformed into community impact.